About Hay Fever

Noel Coward's classic comedy of (bad) manners returns to the West End in a brand new production starring Felicity Kendal in “the performance of her career” as eccentric Judith Bliss. This hilarious comedy is one of Coward's most popular plays and has already delighted audiences at the Theatre Royal Bath and on a tour of the UK and Australia.  

Lindsay Posner directs this welcome revival which follows a weekend with the Bliss family who each refuse to share the spotlight with one another. As it transpires that each member of the family has invited a guest to stay with them, the family's unconventional, risqué and downright rude behaviour sets the scene for numerous ridiculous comic situations.

Felicity Kendal returns to the West End following her recent comic success in Alan Ayckbourn’s 'Relatively Speaking'. One of Britain's most popular actresses, she is still best known for her role in the 1970s sitcom 'The Good Life'. Don't miss your chance to see this riotous comedy in a limited run this summer.  

Felicity Kendal stars as matriarch Judith Bliss, reprising her role from the summer run at Bath Theatre Royal. A popular actor of stage and screen she is arguably best known for starring in the 1970s sitcom 'The Good Life'. Her work on stage includes many original productions of plays by Tom Stoppard including 'The Real Thing' and 'Arcadia'. In 2008 she starred in the West End production of Noel Coward's 'The Vortex' and returned to London in 2013 to star in the first London revival of Ayckbourn’s 'Relatively Speaking'. 

What's the story?

Judith Bliss is one of Britain's best-loved actresses, with a career that spans half a century. As she plans to retire from life on the stage, her long suffering husband David is planning his own memoirs. Their bohemian children Simon and Sorrel incessantly squabble, making for a delicate domestic setting where everyone thrives on being the centre of attention.

Set over the course of one weekend each member of the family invites a friend to stay at the house, resulting in four sets of couples whose affairs are as tangled as the lies being told. Whilst the Bliss family attempt to stay on their best behaviour, the weekend is fuelled by arguments, petty jealousy and theatricality – and that's just Judith!

Tensions build and as patience begins to wear thin, each guest comes to realise the person they came to stay with is not necessarily the one whose company they'd rather entertain. Seeking solace in each other, they manage to leave the madness of the Bliss family behind them, escaping unnoticed, leaving the Bliss family offended, but unable to blame themselves.

Hay Fever Performance Dates & Times

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Who's it suitable for?

Those who enjoy classic English comedy will fall for this new production of Noel Coward's most popular play. The mix of witty dialogue, unforgettable characters and sharp humour make 'Hay Fever' a perfect summer treat for audiences of all ages. Those who are familiar with Coward's work will enjoy the familiarity of the text, which can also be enjoyed equally by those coming to it for the very first time.

Fans of Felicity Kendal will relish seeing her perform such an iconic role, following rave reviews for her performance in the previous production and UK tour.   

Duke of York's Theatre

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Where is Hay Fever ?

104 St Martin's Lane London WC2N 4BG
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Chinatown (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible