Hay Fever

March 10 - April 22, 2012 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage
The critics agree that Noël Coward’s comedy Hay Fever is a hit! “We laughed ourselves silly!” (Minnpost.com) “The play is an exhausting exercise in emotion and extremes, the actors all play off one another, putting on an exhilarating and hilarious show!” (Minnesota Monthly) “The humor in Hay Fever is contagious … the actors get to show off their comic chops.” (Star Tribune). “The Guthrie’s fine acting, direction and design make Hay Fever highly enjoyable to watch” (AisleSay). “The laughter generated in the Guthrie’s sprightly production of Noël Coward’s classic is perfectly genuine!” (Pioneer Press). And about television star and Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris they’re saying Harris “soars,” “looks to be having the time of her life on stage” and is “great fun to watch.”

The eccentric Bliss family -- Judith, a recently retired actress, David, a self-absorbed novelist, and their two unconventional children -- live in a world where reality slides easily into fiction. Upon entering this world, the weekend guests (a proper diplomat, a shy flapper, an athletic boxer and a fashionable sophisticate) are thrown into melodramatic scenes wherein their hosts profess emotions and react to situations that do not really exist. The comedic chaos ends only when the tortured visitors tip-toe out the door. Don’t miss Coward’s delightfully infectious comedy about a weekend getaway gone awry.

Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes including one intermission.
This production contains smoking.


Jackie Coryton
Heidi Bakke
Barbara Bryne
Sandy Tyrell
John Catron
Anna Hanson
Judith Bliss
Harriet Harris
Torsten Johnson
Myra Arundel
Charity Jones
David Bliss
Simon Jones
Simon Bliss
John Skelley
              Richard Greatham
Matt Sullivan
Sorel Bliss
Cat Walleck

Artistic Staff

Christopher Luscombe
Set and Costume Designer
Janet Bird
Lighting Designer
Philip S. Rosenberg
Sound Designer
Reid Rejsa
Dramaturg Carla Steen
Voice and Dialect Coach D'Arcy Smith
Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Chris A. Code
Assistant Stage Manager
Michele Harms

Learn more

Hay Fever Play Guide
In Depth: Contagious Chaos | by Quinton Skinner


Harriet Harris in "Hay Fever"
"Hay Fever"
Simon Jones in "Hay Fever"
"Hay Fever"
"Hay Fever"
Photos by Michael Brosilow

Harriet Harris talks with Diana Pierce about Hay Fever on KARE 11.
Hay Fever
's John Skelley and Cat Walleck on FOX9.
Harriet Harris talks with Angela Davis about Hay Fever on WCCO-TV.








Star Tribune: Humor in 'Hay Fever" is Contagious
Pioneer Press
: Guthrie's 'Hay Fever' Lets Coward Be Coward
Minnesota Monthly
: How to Make Your Dysfunctional Family Look Normal
How Was the Show
: 'Hay Fever' at the Guthrie Theater
Metro Magazine: Spring Awakening
City Pages: 'Hay Fever' at Guthrie Theater
Aisle Say: 'Hay Fever'
CBS Minnesota: Curiocity: Harriet Harris On Her Guthrie Return In ‘Hay Fever'


Pioneer Press: Harriet Harris excels at eccentric
City Pages: 'Hay Fever' at the Guthrie to bring authentic Noël Coward touches


Noël Coward at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: a special web exhibition celebrating Coward's life and work

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