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14/01/11 - Tickets on sale and rehearsals under way for Noel Coward's comedy classic, as SDC return to Theatre Severn

Following 2009’s sell-out success of She Stoops to Conquer at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, tickets are now on sale and rehearsals well under way for Shropshire Drama Company’s forthcoming production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at the venue’s Walker Theatre, from 23 to 26 March.

Hay Fever is arguably Coward's best comedy and one that has been consistently popular with audiences since it was first written in 1925. It is a play with sparkling dialogue and epitomises the sophisticated wit of the era. It is set during June in the country house of the dysfunctional and eccentric Bliss family; David, self-absorbed novelist, Judith, retired celebrity stage actress and Sorel and Simon, their two unconventional late-teenage children.

Hay Fever poster

Without informing anyone else, each family member has invited a guest to stay for the weekend. The unsuspecting visitors enter the Bliss’s unreal world with its tormented scenes of professed emotions; melodrama and theatrical excess, and find themselves reacting to situations that don’t really exist. The result is comedic chaos at its best!

Hay Fever will be directed by Rosalind Garrard, who co directed last year’s Much Wenlock Festival Shakespeare production of Romeo & Juliet with Joanna Purslow as well as Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge in 2009.

Commenting on the background, time and events surrounding Coward’s play and SDC’s cast for this production, she said: “The ‘roaring 20s’ are often thought of as a period of unrestrained fun and frivolity - a social reaction to the cataclysmic events of the preceding decade. However, beneath the surface there were major changes taking place that would ultimately lead to economic depression and war. Although immediately popular when first produced, Hay Fever was criticised by some as being ‘tenuous’ and ‘trivial’, while others appreciated it as a technical masterpiece. A little delving now into the background events of that time gives further understanding of the characters portrayed, and the social ‘bubble’ in which they lived that was ultimately so short-lived. There are some young Shropshire actors and back stage crew new to this production alongside the more experienced members of the company, whom I look forward to working with over the coming months.”

Picture: Image of Hay fever poster

Tickets are £12 and £10 (concessions) for Hay Fever from 23 to 26 March and available through the Theatre Severn box office (01743 281281) and online at www.theatresevern.com

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