The Bohemian Bliss family are joined for a perfect weekend in the country – or that’s what their luckless guests are looking forward to, up from town and longing to wind down.
But instead afternoon tea and tennis, the achingly polite visitors stumble upon family feuds, tantrums, outlandish behaviour and resentment. As the plot unravels, the Bliss’ secrets and true colours are revealed as the self-absorbed family veer between mutual loathing and adoration, much to the horror of their captive audience.
In the centre of it all is the glamorously eccentric Judith Bliss, commanding attention from her spoiled off spring and David her tortured writer of a husband.
Written in 1924, and originally staged in 1925, Hay Fever is as popular today as when it was first written. This is Classic Coward at its best – razor sharp and dry as a martini - an intoxicating comedy of manners and the perfect treat for a midsummer’s evening
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Directed by Kevin Shaw
Designed by Dawn Allsopp
Written by Noël Coward