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MTC Stages ‘Hay Fever’

The Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany is stag­ing “Hay Fever”, Noël Coward’s supreme com­edy of bad man­ners. Al­though Ju­dith, a re­tired ac­tress, tends to­wards melo­drama in her ev­ery­day af­fairs and her hus­band, David, a nov­el­ist, can be rather reclu­sive and foul tem­pered—the Bliss fam­ily can be per­fectly charm­ing when they want to be. Their grown-up chil­dren, Si­mon and Sorel, are quite ca­pa­ble of ci­vil­ity too—if it suits them. It is just that, on this blighted week­end, each has in­vited a guest to stay at their country house with­out telling any of the oth­ers. So dashed in­con­sid­er­ate! And for their poor guests, per­fect agony. Stars of the pro­duc­tion in­clude Ma­rina Prior, Kim Gyn­gell, Gareth Davies, Marg Downey, Imo­gen Sage and Si­mon Glee­son.

Un­til 28 Oc­to­ber, South­bank The­atre, The Sum­ner, 140 South­bank Boule­vard, South­bank. 8688 0800. mtc.com.au

Ma­rina Prior in “Hay Fever”.

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