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Théâtre (1925)


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Livret: Noël Coward

Synopsis complet

Some writers have seen elements of Mrs Astley Cooper and her set in the characters of the Bliss family. Coward said that the actress Laurette Taylor was the main model. Coward introduces one of his signature theatrical devices at the end of the play, where the four guests tiptoe out as the curtain falls, leaving disorder behind them – a device that he also used in various forms in Present Laughter, Private Lives and Blithe Spirit.

In 1921, Coward first visited New York City, hoping that American producers would embrace his plays. During that summer, he befriended the playwright Hartley Manners and his wife, the eccentric actress Laurette Taylor. Their "over-the-top theatrical lifestyle" later inspired him in writing Hay Fever.

Coward wrote the play in three days in 1924, intending the lead role of Judith Bliss for the actress Marie Tempest, "whom I revered and adored".[6] Though she found it amusing, she thought it not substantial enough for a whole evening, but changed her mind after the success of Coward's The Vortex later in 1924.

Original productions
Hay Fever opened at the Ambassadors Theatre on 8 June 1925 and transferred to the larger Criterion Theatre on 7 September 1925 and ran for 337 performances. Coward remembered in 1964 that the notices "were amiable and well-disposed although far from effusive. It was noted, as indeed it has been today, that the play had no plot and that there were few if any 'witty' lines." It opened the same year at the Maxine Elliott Theatre in New York, where it ran for 49 performances.

Revivals
Hay Fever has been revived numerous times around the world. The first London revival was in 1933 at the Shaftesbury Theatre with Constance Collier as Judith.[10] Constance Collier played Judith in a 1931 revival at Avon Theatre in New York.

A 1964 National Theatre Company production of Hay Fever at the Old Vic, starring Edith Evans and Maggie Smith with Coward directing, was part of the revival of interest in his work toward the end of his life. The rest of the cast included Derek Jacobi as Simon, Barbara Hicks as Clara, Anthony Nicholls as David, Robert Stephens as Sandy, Robert Lang as Richard, and Lynn Redgrave as Jackie. When invited to direct the production, Coward wrote, "I am thrilled and flattered and frankly a little flabbergasted that the National Theatre should have had the curious perceptiveness to choose a very early play of mine and to give it a cast that could play the Albanian telephone directory."

In a 1970 revival at the Helen Hayes Theatre, the cast included Roberta Maxwell as Sorel, Sam Waterston as Simon, Sudie Bond as Clara, Shirley Booth as Judith, John Williams as David, John Tillinger as Sandy, Marian Mercer as Myra, and Carole Shelley as Jackie.

A revival at London's Queen's Theatre in 1983–1984 included Rosalyn Landor as Sorel, Elizabeth Bradley as Clara, Penelope Keith as Judith, Moray Watson as David, Donald Pickering as Richard, Abigail McKern as Jackie. A 1985 production at the Music Box Theatre in New York had a cast including Mia Dillon as Sorel, Robert Joy as Simon, Barbara Bryne as Clara, Rosemary Harris as Judith, Roy Dotrice as David, Campbell Scott as Sandy, Carolyn Seymour as Myra, Charles Kimbrough as Richard, and Deborah Rush.

The 1992 revival cast at London's Albery Theatre included Abigail Cruttenden as Sorel, Maria Charles as Clara, Maria Aitken as Judith, John Standing as David, Carmen du Sautoy as Myra, Christopher Godwin as Richard, and Sara Crowe as Jackie. The 1999 Savoy Theatre cast included Monica Dolan as Sorel, Stephen Mangan as Simon, Geraldine McEwan as Judith, Peter Blythe as David, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Myra, Malcolm Sinclair as Richard, and Cathryn Bradshaw as Jackie. The 2006 Haymarket Theatre casts included Kim Medcalf as Sorel, Dan Stevens as Simon, Judi Dench as Judith, Peter Bowles as David, Charles Edwards as Sandy, and Belinda Lang as Myra. The following UK tour, in 2007, cast Stephanie Beacham as Judith, Christopher Timothy as David, Christopher Naylor as Sandy, and Andrew Hall as Richard.

A 2012 revival at the Noël Coward Theatre included in the cast Lindsay Duncan as Judith, Jeremy Northam as Richard, Kevin McNally as David, Olivia Colman as Myra, Sam Callis as Sandy, Freddie Fox as Simon, Amy Morgan as Jackie, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Sorrel, and Jenny Galloway as Clara. 2014 revivals included one at the Stratford Festival, in Canada, with Lucy Peacock as Judith, Cynthia Dale as Myra, and Tyrone Savage as Sandy; and a UK tour with Felicity Kendal as Judith, Simon Shepherd as David, Sara Stewart as Myra, Celeste Dodwell as Jackie, and Alice Orr-Ewing as Sorrel.





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Version 1

Hay Fever (1925-06-Ambassadors Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Ambassadors Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 337 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : lundi 08 juin 1925
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
Commentaires :
Transferred to the larger Criterion Theatre on 7 September 1925.
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Version 2

Hay Fever (1925-11-Maxine Elliott's Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Maxine Elliott's Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : lundi 05 octobre 1925
Dernière : samedi 14 novembre 1925
Mise en scène : Noël Coward
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 3

Hay Fever (1932-03-Avon Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Avon Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre : 95 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 29 décembre 1931
Dernière : mardi 01 mars 1932
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 4

Hay Fever (1964-10-NT-Old Vic-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 27 octobre 1964
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Noël Coward
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Barbara Hicks, Anthony Nichll, Lynn Redgrave, Edith Evans, Maggie Smith, Robert Lang, Robert Stephen, Derek Jacobi, Louise Purnell, Celia Johnson
Commentaires :
A National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic.
When invited to direct the production, Coward wrote, "I am thrilled and flattered and frankly a little flabbergasted that the National Theatre should have had the curious perceptiveness to choose a very early play of mine and to give it a cast that could play the Albanian telephone directory."
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Version 5

Hay Fever (1968-04-Duke of Yorks Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Duke of Yorks Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 14 février 1968
Dernière : samedi 13 avril 1968
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Celia Johnson as 'Judith Bliss' with Roland Culver as 'David Bliss', Simon Williams as 'Simon Bliss', Lucy Fleming as 'Sorel Bliss', Michael Graham Cox as 'Sandy Tyrell', Diana Fairfax as 'Myra Arundel', Richard Vernon as 'Richard Greatham' and Prunella Scales as 'Jackie Coryton'.
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Version 6

Hay Fever (1970-11-Helen Hayes Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center (Nyack - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : lundi 09 novembre 1970
Dernière : samedi 28 novembre 1970
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 7

Hay Fever (1980-04-Lyric Hammersmith Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Lyric Hammersmith (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 23 avril 1980
Première : mardi 29 avril 1980
Dernière : samedi 31 mai 1980
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Constance Cumming as 'Judith Bliss' with John Le Mesurier as 'David Bliss', Brian Stirner as 'Simon Bliss', Felicity Dean as 'Sorel Bliss', Jeremy Child as 'Sandy Tyrell', Polly Adams as 'Myra Arundel', Moray Watson as 'Richard Greatham' and Yvonne Antrobus as 'Jackie Coryton'
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Version 8

Hay Fever (1983-10-Queen's Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Sondheim Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 18 octobre 1983
Dernière : mardi 25 octobre 1983
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Penelope Keith as 'Judith Bliss' with Moray Watson as 'David Bliss', Rosalyn Landor as 'Sorel Bliss', Mark Payton as 'Simon Bliss', David Delve as 'Sandy Tyrell', Susan Bovell as 'Myra Arundal', Donald Pickering as 'Richard Greatham', Abigail McKern as 'Jackie Coryton' and Elizabeth Bradley as 'Clara'
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Version 9

Hay Fever (1985-12-Music Box Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Music Box Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 16 previews - 124 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 29 novembre 1985
Première : jeudi 12 décembre 1985
Dernière : samedi 29 mars 1986
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 10

Hay Fever (1992-11-Albery Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Noel Coward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 4 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 24 novembre 1992
Première : jeudi 26 novembre 1992
Dernière : samedi 24 avril 1993
Mise en scène : Alan Strachan
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Maria Aitken as 'Judith Bliss' with John Standing as 'David Bliss', Abigail Cruttenden as 'Sorel Bliss', Nick Waring as 'Simon Bliss', Richard Garnett as 'Sandy Tyrell', Carmen Du Sautoy as 'Myra Arundell', Christopher Godwin as 'Richard Greatham', Sara Crowe as 'Jackie Coryton' and Maria Charles as 'Clara'
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Version 11

Hay Fever (1999-09-Savoy Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 09 juin 1999
Première : lundi 14 juin 1999
Dernière : samedi 11 septembre 1999
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Geraldine McEwan as 'Judith Bliss' with Peter Blythe as 'David Bliss', Monica Dolan as 'Sorel Bliss', Stephen Mangan as 'Simon Bliss', Scott Handy as 'Sandy Tyrell', Sylvestra Le Touzel as 'Myra Arundel', Macolm Sinclair as 'Richard Greatham', Cathryn Bradshaw as 'Jackie Coryton' and Anne White as 'Clara'
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Version 12

Hay Fever (2006-04-Haymarket Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Haymarket Theatre (Leicester - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 11 avril 2006
Première : mercredi 19 avril 2006
Dernière : samedi 05 août 2006
Mise en scène : Peter Hall
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Judi Dench as 'Judith Bliss' with Peter Bowles as 'David Bliss', Kim Medcalf as 'Sorel Bliss', Dan Stevens as 'Simon Bliss', Charles Edwards as 'Sandy Tyrell', Belinda Lang as 'Myra Arundel', William Chubb as 'Richard Greatham', Olivia Darnley as 'Jackie Coryton' and Lin Blakely as 'Clara'
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Version 13

Hay Fever (2015-05-Duke of York Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Duke of Yorks Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 29 avril 2015
Première : lundi 11 mai 2015
Dernière : samedi 01 août 2015
Mise en scène : Lindsay Posner
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Felicity Kendal (Judith), Simon Shepherd (David), Michael Simkins (Richard Greatham), Sara Stewart (Myra Arundel), Alice Orr-Ewing (Sorel Bliss), Edward Franklin (Simon Bliss), Celeste Dodwell (Jackie Coryton), Edward Killingback (Sandy Tyrrell), Mossie Smith (Clara)
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