About the showFelicity Kendal stars in Bath theatre Royal’s acclaimed revival of Noel Coward’s hilarious comedy Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s theatre.
Written by Noel Coward in 1924 Hay Fever has become a staple of the English repertoire. Often described as “a comedy of bad manners” it is one of Coward’s most popular plays. It was last seen in the West End at the aptly named Noel Coward theatre back in 2012 starring Lindsay Duncan.
Judith Bliss (Kendall) is a retired star actress her husband David an egotistical novelist and their children Sorel and Simon wanton bohemians. Each member of the Bliss family invites a friend to their country house for the weekend unbeknown to the others. The melodramatic family prove to be the hosts from hell as they conduct flirtations, row amongst themselves and force their guests to participate in their games, leaving the guests feeling very uncomfortable.
This production is directed by Lindsay Posner who directed Kendal in 2013's well reviewed production of Relatively Speaking. Posner's other recent credits include Speed-the-Plow starring Lindsay Lohan and The Winslow Boy (Old Vic theatre). Hay Fever features a beautiful design by Peter McKintosh.
Kendall is probably best known for her role in 70’s sitcom The Good Life but has also enjoyed a successful stage career appearing in the original production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (National Theatre) and in more recent years Humble Boy (National Theatre and West End) and Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s Theatre).
Noel Coward is one of Britain’s best loved playwrights other works of note include Private Lives, Relative Values, Blithe Spirit and the much loved film Brief Encounter.
This production enjoyed great critical acclaim at the Theatre Royal Bath and has just completed a successful tour of the UK and Australia.
Hay Fever opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre on the 29th of April and will play a limited season.