Noël Coward's Hay Fever at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburh. A co-production with Citizens Theatre, Glasgow directed by Dominic Hill

Hay Fever

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, Times & Prices

10 March - 1 April 2017

PREVIEWS, 7.30pm
10, 11 & 13 March
£10 Preview tickets on sale 13 February

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 15 March, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval) 

For Access performances see below.


Individual Tickets

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

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement

Take Part

Tuesday 21 March 2017
FREE, no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

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.
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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.
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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.
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Press Coverage

'A masterclass in...comic timing' 

The Times

'The most human of comedies' 

The Herald

'it is a rollicking comedy' 
Sunday Herald 

'simply a delightful trip out to the theatre which goes by all too quickly'

Southside Advertiser

'This Hay Fever is contagious' 

The Edinburgh Reporter 

'this bit of hay fever has been heavily pollinated with laughter' 

Edinburgh Guide

'Delightful nonsense from king of camp Noël Coward'

TV Bomb

'See it and laugh'

Edinburgh Evening News

'Moving, funny, endearing, heart-warming and presented with an enthralling intensity'

The Mumble

'A fine piece of work'

Plays to See

'a still fresh Coward comedy for the spring - bliss' 
British Theatre Guide


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