Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’ at the Duke of York Theatre
On the 16th July our group of 27 avid theatre goers spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London watching Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”.
This was a crazy farce, set in the home of an extremely eccentric family headed by Felicity Kendal and Simon Shepherd and set in the 1920s. With matinees you can never be certain you will not be watching under -studies but no, all expected actors were in place.
They were well supported by the cast who included recognisable actors as well as a novice playing in her West End Premiere. Being the wordsmith that Coward is, dialogue is paramount. Felicity at times however found projecting her voice difficult and she ended up screeching and rushing her words occasionally. Having said that the play was funny and lively and we had excellent seats.
Our matinee trips are such a good idea because there is time for a decent lunch or gallery visit or even a laugh along with the buskers, all of which adds value to the day, and still be home for the evening.