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Théâtre (1925)

Livret: Noël Coward

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'
Presse : "Judi Dench is such a national treasure that she has only to arch an eyebrow on stage for audiences to swoon. Fair enough. It's not every night you can witness an Academy Award-winning theatrical dame operating at the peak of her considerable powers - which is what you get in director Peter Hall's undemanding revival of this 1925 comedy. Unfortunately you don't get much else. While it may have been razor-sharp 81 years ago, time has blunted Noel Coward's slight story of a loopy family driving guests up the wall over a country house weekend... Still, with Dame Judi in sparkling form as Judith Bliss, the ex-actress nutty wife of novelist David and mother of their two self-indulgent children, the production provides the theatrical equivalent of pulling on a favourite sweater that's slightly threadbare at the elbows." The Sun

Eighty years have passed since Noel Coward's Hay Fever was first seen in the West End, but in Peter Hall's new production it comes up looking as fresh as ever... Judi Dench wonderfully captures the mix in Judith Bliss the family matriarch of vulnerability and arrogance, and Peter Bowles as her novelist husband is a perfect match. Like their children, these are people who only exist in each other's applause, mired in party games which can turn ugly. The comedy of Hay Fever is the comedy of character and perception. Belinda Lang leads for the visitors as the vamp Myra Arundel, originally invited by Simon, the artist son (Dan Stevens in a shrewd balance between temperament and camp), but far too sophisticated to be interested in the boy... The entire cast are first-rate in this classy revival but Dame Judi is simply superb." The Daily Express

"A delicious comedy of fabulously bad manners. In Peter Hall's new production, stylishly staged on Simon Higlett's handsome Arts and Crafts set, Dame Judi Dench gives yet another performance to be treasured. She's Judith Bliss, a West End thesp who has retired to the country but, having tried without success-to become upper-crust, she is planning a comeback. Not that Bliss has ever stopped acting. Her entire life is a sustained piece of outrageous theatricality in which, audience or not, she is centre-stage, demanding total attention. The one role for which she has no gift, however, is that of hostess. When it transpires that she and the rest of her monstrously egotistical family (philandering novelist husband, artist son, skittish daughter) have each, unbeknown to one another, invited a guest for the weekend, the visitors are subjected to near ritual humiliation... When the rest of the cast become as lethally funny as Dame Judi's spectacular show-off, this Hay Fever should make your eyes stream." The Mail on Sunday

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