Hay Fever

Duke of Yorks Theatre

Hay Fever

29 Apr 2015 - 01 Aug 2015

£23.00 - £89.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Felicity Kendal gives the greatest performance of her career as Judith Bliss – once glittering star of the London stage -  in Noel Coward’s hilarious comedy of bad manners.

The Bliss family are incapable of sharing the spotlight. Unconventional, risqué and often downright rude, they are everything a respectable English family shouldn’t be. When each member of the family invites a guest to their rural retreat, the unassuming visitors are thrown into a living melodrama. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations proliferate during one outrageous weekend in Berkshire.


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“Hay Fever breathes a spirit of mischievous mockery, invincible youthful cynicism... [Kendal's] Judith Bliss is a delight. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“High English comedy of very bad manners is rightly a perennial favourite... Coward’s cherishable lines delight us all over again”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Lindsay Posner’s production is charmingly old-fashioned and Kendal is effortless... This may be as good as it gets. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Funny and frizzy... Kendal's Judith is a triumph of personality over talent and tremulous hope over dreary expectation. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Kendal’s lovely energy holds the evening together but... the opportunity for a sharper more dangerous production has been missed”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A pedestrian production of an overrated play. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“An old-fashioned star vehicle is drearily revived with little glitter, glamour or charm. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“While Kendal has a ball as Judith... Coward’s wit is too often blunted by the production’s panto-style tone. ”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

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