HAY Fever, Sir Noel Coward's classic comedy of bad manners, is being brought to the stage at Clwyd Theatr Cymru by BAFTA- and Emmy-winning director Christopher Morahan.
Written when he was only 24, Hay Fever is a witty and stylish comedy from one of our greatest dramatists.
Sir Noel was the acknowledged master of the English stage during the first half of the 20th Century and this witty comedy, written in just three days, has rightfully taken its place among the greatest comedies of the century.
Set in a country house in the summer, Hay Fever is vintage Coward.
The Bliss family have each invited a weekend guest without telling anyone else.
Sorel and her brother, Simon, have romantic designs with Richard, a diplomat, and Myra, an older woman.
Judith, their mother, has intentions of reviving her professional acting career with encouragement from Sandy, a boxer who is infatuated with her.
Her husband, David, is finishing his latest romantic novel and has invited Jackie, a perfectly sweet flapper.
The weekend is a nightmare for the guests as they suffer party games, couple-swapping and a dreadful breakfast. When the pairings quickly fall apart, the hapless guests are caught up in a whirlwind of romantic misunderstanding, insult and embarrassment.
The eccentric Blisses live in a world where reality slides easily into fiction. The resulting chaos ends only when the tortured visitors tip-toe out of the door.
According to Sir Noel's autobiography, the seeds for Hay Fever came
from an unusual weekend he spent at the New York home of Broadway star Laurette Taylor and her family in 1921. He was publicly grateful no guest thought of writing Director Morahan is working at Theatr Clwyd for the first time.
His career highlights include the BAFTA and Emmy-winning The Jewel in the Crown and Clockwise with John Cleese.
Christopher was associate director under Peter Hall at The National Theatre for 10 years before becoming head of plays at the BBC.
Hay Fever opened in 1925 and played for a year to good houses. Hay Fever is being shown in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold until Saturday, May 29.
For tickets, call the box office on 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.