Hay Fever follows retired dazzling stage star Judith Bliss, as she continues to enjoy life with a pinch of drama and the occasional big scene. In order to spice up a prospectively dull weekend, she invites a young suitor to join her on a secret excursion to the country. However her writer husband David, as well as her two unusual children Simon and Sorel, have the same idea and soon, the hopes of any private flirtations soon dissipate. As the family’s guests begin to arrive, scandalous revelations run riot in the most outrageously dramatic of meetings.
Award-winning stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan stars as Judith Bliss, which sees her reunited with director Davies for the first time since they received seven major international awards for their 2001 collaboration on Private Lives. Further star cast members include Jeremy Northam (The Tudors) as Richard Greatham, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean) as David Bliss, Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Peep Show) as Myra Arundel, Sam Callis (The Bill) as Sandy Tyrell, Freddie Fox (Parade’s End) as Simon Bliss, Jenny Galloway (Les Miserables) as Clara, Amy Morgan as Jackie Coryton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Sorel Bliss.
First written by Coward in 1924, Hay Fever is one of his many well-known plays, which also include Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Relative Values. Davies’ revival features design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Mike Walker. Don’t miss out on this comic classic, set to open at the Noel Coward Theatre in February 2012.