Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Review: Hay Fever at the Duke Of York's Theatre

Hay Fever 
Duke Of York's Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 11th May 2015

Following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, Lindsay Posner's new production of Hay Fever by Noël Coward has transferred to the West End.

Felicity Kendal stars as retired stage actress Judith Bliss who lives with her husband and two grown up children; all four family members constantly seek attention.

Hay Fever sees each family member invite a guest to their rural home for the weekend. These unsuspecting visitors have no idea what world they have stumbled into... and with plenty of secrets, shocking truths and passionate encounters, it's safe to say things do not quite go to plan.

Kendal provides a knock out performance; she is the driving force behind the show which takes a little too long to reach its peak. 

The most fine-tuned performance comes from Michael Simkins as Richard Greatham, one of the guests who finds himself out of his depth. Simkins steals all the biggest laughs, offering a masterclass.

Hay Fever provides a perfectly enjoyable evening; however, at times, it falls a little flat. There are some gentle chuckles throughout, but hardly ever does this production reach its full comic potential, Posner's direction seems a little tame.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Hay Fever runs at the Duke Of York's Theatre until Saturday 1st August 2015.
Please visit www.atgtickets.com for information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Nobby Clark

1 comment:

  1. Have rarely been so bored at the theatre in my life! A wonderful set, but the acting fell flat and the jokes just died......