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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.

Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Siblings Simon and Sorel are speculating about whether their retired actress mother, Judith, might return to the stage, as their father, David, attempts to write his new novel.

This evening they have each invited a guest to stay at their rural retreat. As the party settle down to a post-dinner parlour game, the hapless visitors become playthings in the Bliss’ self-made melodrama. Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920’s dark comedy exploring the games people play to avoid confronting the realities of life.

Hay Fever plays at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh


  • 5 Apr 2017 to 22 Apr 2017
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    • 5 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 6 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 7 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 8 Apr 2017 @ 2.30pm
    • 8 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 11 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 12 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 13 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 14 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 15 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 18 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 19 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 20 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 21 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 22 Apr 2017 @ 2.30pm

    • 22 Apr 2017 @ 7.30pm

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£12.50 - £22.50
Preview £9.50
£2 online transaction fee applies
See Pricing for all prices and concessions inc. 50p tickets

50p tickets on sale 1 April 2017 at 10am

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 Designer - Chris Davey



18th February 2016

Hilariously dark and dry, analysing the futility of life at its end. Recognising the silly dance of repetition in each enduring day; the absurdly funny three-legged fake dog and play on words which offered the two funniest lines in the entire play was too subtle for most. Therein lies the deepest humour. The awareness of what lies ahead for many offers each member of the audience some moments for deep reflection, should they wish to take it. Clever and keeps you wondering (are you sure you have it figured out?). Left wanting to see it again! Excellent performances all round.

Darren Walls

17th February 2016

Hi I went to see The Rifles with my school when it was out it was a brilliant play and the music was brilliant really got me moving but I was wondering if you have released the rest of the album on soundcloud or anything like that just to sing to in my spare time thanks.

Anne McGivern

13th February 2016

Just back from the matinee performance of Endgame. Knew nothing of the play prior to my visit. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, superb acting, especially the comedic timing from Chris Gascoyne. You could analyse every word and gesture or just enjoy the wonderful experience of live theater expertly executed. A huge thank you to all involved.

Joe Gardner

7th February 2016

The performances of Neilson and Gascoyne were absolutely incredible. Even if you failed to grasp some aspects of the play, I couldn't help to be engaged by the two leads. The play was destructively dark with an edge of humour. Heart-stopping stuff. Loved it.

Gary Graham

6th February 2016

Absolutely amazing performances from everyone. Much funnier than I thought it was going to be, in a dark way of course. I thoroughly enjoyed Endgame and would highly recommend it. I left the theatre thinking "I could easily go and see this again".

Sophie McNaughton

5th February 2016

I loved the show! I studied Beckett in English at school and have been a big fan since. I wrote a review of Endgame at Citizens on my blog. You can read a snippet below: 'Hill’s fresh adaptation of Endgame is funnier, better paced, more thoughtful, and strangely beautiful compared to previous interpretations. While the classic grim play finds light in the dark and inspires numerous belly laughs, Endgame has also left this Glasgow audience with an overthinking-induced sore head as well as a sore heart...' You can read the full review here:


30th November 2015

Hi John, we recommend Rapunzel for everyone aged over 6 years. There is brand new pop-punk music performed live on stage by the cast, with Honeyblood drummer Cat Myers on drums. As with all of our festive productions, Rapunzel is a very theatrical show with an engaging story - we hope that your family will love it!

John Beattie

29th November 2015

At the other end of the family scale, is there enough artistic material & themes in Rapunzel to hold the attention of teenagers (15, 13)? Or is it more of a younger kids show?

Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

15th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


14th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

1st November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


1st November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

29th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx

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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.


Photo by Alex Brady

Deaf Theatre Club Night: Fri 24 Feb, 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.

Inside the rehearsal room

Thu 16 & Thu 23 Feb
4.30pm - 6.30pm
Show begins at 7.30pm
A workshop for Higher and Advanced Higher Drama students for £6.50 per student (teachers go free). This session for a maximum of 30 students will reveal the play’s key ideas and themes and look at character development and staging choices.

If you would like to talk through what might be suitable for your class or group, please contact Louise Brown, Education Officer.
To book, please contact our Box Office on 0141 429 0022

The Slab Boys 2015 production photos

Photos by Tim Morozzo

See what audiences thought of The Slab Boys



Saturday Citizens

Drama classes and summer courses for young people aged 14 - 18 with a learning disability.

If you would like to know more about Saturday Citizens, please contact:
Louise Brown on 0141 418 6273

These classes are made possible thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and Awards For All.

His confidence has really increased - he’s transformed.”
- Parent of Saturday Citizens participant

“It’s fun, it’s brilliant. Rehearsing and doing the shows is awesome”
- Saturday Citizens participant

“The weekly drama classes have greatly improved my son’s social skills and self-esteem; he absolutely loves going” - Parent


Looking for adult drama classes? Check out our Nightschool page.


Kids@Citz 2015 photos
Saturday Citizens photos