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Cast announced for HAY FEVER London West End

Felicity Kendal in Hay FeverSIMON SHEPHERD, MICHAEL SIMKINS, SARA STEWART join FELICITY KENDAL in HAY FEVER by Nöel Coward from Wednesday 29th April to Saturday 1st August at Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents HAY FEVER, directed by Lindsay Posner, which transfers from the Theatre Royal Bath to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited run, 29th April – 1st August 2015.

Felicity Kendal, one of the UK’s most popular actresses, plays Judith, the once glittering star of the London stage and member of the Bliss family. Together with her husband David, an egocentric novelist, and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children – the family are incapable of sharing the spotlight. Unconventional, risqué, and often downright rude, they are everything a respectable English family should not 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.

Joining Felicity Kendal in this acclaimed production is Simon Shepherd as her husband David. Simon is probably best known as Dr Will Preston from ITV’s Peak Practice. He was last seen in the West End in The Duck House alongside Ben Miller and Diana Vickers.

Michael Simkins plays Richard Greatham. His theatre credits include Oh What a Lovely War (Stratford East), Yes, Prime Minister (UK Tour & Trafalgar Studios), Loyalty (Hampstead Theatre), Less Than Kind (Jermyn Street Theatre), Taking Steps (Orange Tree Theatre) and The King & I (Royal Albert Hall).

Sara Stewart plays Myra Arundel. Her theatre credits include Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival), The Snow Queen (Rose Theatre), Enron (West End & UK Tour), Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Vic), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), Where There’s A Will (English Touring Theatre), and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Present Laughter (National Theatre).

The cast also includes Alice Orr-Ewing (Sorel Bliss), Edward Franklin (Simon Bliss), Celeste Dodwell (Jackie Coryton), Edward Killingback (Sandy Tyrrell), Mossie Smith (Clara).

One of the UK’s greatest directors of comedy, Lindsay Posner directs Coward for the first time with this production. His recent successes have included Noises Off, Abigail’s Party and Relatively Speaking.

Venue: Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 Saint Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG
Dates: Wednesday 29th April – Saturday 1st August
Press Night: Monday 11th May, 7pm
Times: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm: Matinees, Thursday & Saturday, 3pm

Monday 9th February 2015


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