Noël Coward's Hay Fever
directed by Dominic Hill
“Couldn’t you see that all my flippancy was only a mask, hiding my real emotions – crushing them down desperately!”
Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Siblings Simon and Sorel are speculating about whether their retired actress mother, Judith, might return to the stage, as their father, David, attempts to write his new novel. This evening they have each invited a guest to stay at their rural retreat. As the party settle down to a post-dinner parlour game, the hapless visitors become playthings in the Bliss’ self-made melodrama.
Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920s dark comedy. Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh joins with Citizens Theatre to present this riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of a self-dubbed ‘bohemian’ family of four. Award-winning Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill takes on this funny and biting exploration of the games people play to avoid confronting the realities of life.
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Cast and Credits
Charlie Archer Simon Bliss
Katie Barnett Jackie Coryton
Rosemary Boyle Sorel Bliss
Nathan Ives-Moiba Sandy Tyrell
Pauline Knowles Myra Arundel
Myra McFadyen Clara
Hywel Simons Richard Greatham
Susan Wooldridge Judith Bliss
Benny Baxter-Young David Bliss
Director Dominic Hill
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer Claire McKenzie
Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG
Assistant Director Jack Nurse
Dates and Times
10 March - 1 April 2017
10, 11 & 13 March
£10 Preview tickets on sale 13 February
Tuesday - Saturday
MATINEES from 15 March, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
For Access performances see below.
Tuesday - Saturday: £15.50 - £30.50
Wednesday and Saturday: £13.50 - £26
Not available on Premium Seats: from £10
Unreserved seating, all tickets £10 On sale 13 February 2017
All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016
- Thursday 23 March - 7.30pm
Touch Tour - 6.15pm
- Saturday 25 March - 2pm
Touch Tour - 12.45pm
Wednesday 22 March - 7.30pm
Saturday 25 March - 2pm
Creative Learning Events
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 21 March 2017
FREE, no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance
AN INSIGHT INTO...
Thursday 30 March 2017 5.30pm
£10 (£5 for students)
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to meet with Dominic Hill who is the director for Hay Fever.
It is a chance to get insights into the staging of the show and ask questions.
Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am
£10 (£5 for students)
Experience Hay Fever with one of our Drama Artists and explore key scenes and acting styles from the Noël Coward production. This workshop will offer a great insight into the show and a great opportunity to learn new skills.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 (straight after matinee performance)
This group is for anyone who likes the idea of a book group, but has always wanted one for plays! Rather than reading the book, you come and see the show and then have the chance to talk about it with some of your fellow audience members.
The discussion will be chaired by one of The Lyceum’s Creative Learning team who’ll be able to shed light on how the production came together.
'A masterclass in...comic timing'
'simply a delightful trip out to the theatre which goes by all too quickly'
'This Hay Fever is contagious'
The Edinburgh Reporter
'this bit of hay fever has been heavily pollinated with laughter'
'Delightful nonsense from king of camp Noël Coward'
'A fine piece of work'
Plays to See
'a still fresh Coward comedy for the spring - bliss'
British Theatre Guide