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Noel Coward’s Hay Fever

Citizens Theatre


Noël Coward’s riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of a self-dubbed ‘bohemian’ family of four, directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill. A co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

At the rural retreat of the eccentric Bliss family, retired actress Judith is learning the names of all the flowers in the garden, her children are speculating about her possible return to the stage, while their father David is upstairs trying to finish his new novel.

Each has invited a guest for the weekend and as the party settles down to an after-dinner parlour game, the hapless visitors rapidly find themselves characters in the Bliss’s self-made melodrama.

Revelation, romance and outrageous behaviour set the tone of this 1920s’ comedy which explores the games people play to avoid the realities of everyday existence.

Features four songs penned by Noël Coward: I’ll See You Again, Dance, Dance, Dance Little Lady, Mad About the Boy and Someday I’ll Find You.

Hay Fever plays at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh


Main Theatre

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Wed 5 April, 7.30pm
Fri 21 April, 7.30pm
Sat 22 April, 2.30pm
Sat 22 April, 2.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative Team >

Creative Team
Director - Dominic Hill
Designer - Tom Piper
Lighting - Chris Davey
Composer - Claire McKenzie
Songs - Noël Coward

Charlie Archer
Katie Barnett
Benny Baxter-Young
Rosemary Boyle
Nathan Ives-Moiba
Pauline Knowles
Myra McFadyen
Hywel Simons
Susan Wooldridge


“the most human of comedies”
The Herald ★★★★

“While the overall tone is gently amusing rather than riotous, the production contains its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments.”
The Times ★★★★

“a staging not be sneezed at”
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★

“played with aplomb and spirited grace by all concerned”
TV Bomb ★★★★


“Through all of the laughter that comes from the play there is a truth and an understanding of what lies behind it.”
Susan Wooldridge chats to The Herald’s Neil Cooper about her life on the stage.

Audience Reviews

Production Photos

Hay Fever Production Photos

Hay Fever Trailer
Rehearsal Photos

Hay Fever Rehearsal Photos

Deaf Theatre Club Night: Fri 21 April, 7.30pm

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, we want to make sure you can enjoy the best night out at the Citizens Theatre. Find out more about the Deaf Theatre Club.