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Lindsay Duncan Gets Hay Fever in West End, 23 Feb

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Lindsay Duncan will play Judith Bliss a new West End production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever next year, the first time a Coward play has be revived in the theatre since it was refurbished and renamed after him.

The production, which is directed by Howard Davies, will play a limited West End season at the Noel Coward Theatre from 23 February (previews from 10 February) to 2 June 2012.

Duncan, who won an Olivier and a Tony Award for Private Lives ten years ago (which was also directed by Davies), will star alongside Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Colman.

In Hay Fever, bohemian actress Judith Bliss and her writer husband live in a rural haven with their precocious son and daughter. When various guests are invited down for the weekend, they become pawns in the family’s emotional, madcap games.

Lindsay Duncan was last seen in the West End in That Face, which transferred from the Royal Court to the Duke of York’s in 2008. Her other Royal Court credits include Mouth to Mouth, Ashes to Ashes and Top Girls. She won her first Best Actress Olivier for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s original production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which was also directed by Howard Davies.

Hay Fever was last seen in the West End in 2006, when Peter Hall's production starring Judi Dench ran at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.


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