It’s a question of family manners at Talisman

Richard Greatham (Neil Vallance) Judith Bliss (Christine Carpenter) discussing japanese cigarette cases. Picture by Peter Weston

Richard Greatham (Neil Vallance) Judith Bliss (Christine Carpenter) discussing japanese cigarette cases. Picture by Peter Weston

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Family life with a difference will come to a head with a comedy of bad manners at the Talisman Theatre.

Noel Coward’s famous comedy, Hay Fever is heading for the Kenilworth stage this spring to tell the tale of a family at odds with a host of visitors.

The story looks to retired actress Judith Bliss - her novelist husband David and their children, Simon and Sorel.

Set in their country home, Judith is finding rural life less than endearing. David seeks peace and quiet to finish yet another bodice-ripper and Simon and Sorel are bright, precocious and very forthright.

Each, unknown to the others, has invited a guest down for the weekend.

Director, John Scampion, has assembled a strong cast to bring the show to Kenilworth, including Christine Carpenter who is playing opposite her real-life husband, John Francis, as David.

With a focus on style and precision, John seeks to achieve a production that is true to Coward’s ideals in comedy, drama and presentation.

The guests are played, as described by the director, by “a formidable” quartet of Will Thomas, Kathy Crawshaw, Neil Vallence and Fay Staton”.

The action takes place on a set designed by art-deco lover, Paul Chokran.

The show runs from April 27 to May 2 with performances from 7:30pm each evening.

Tickets from on 856548 or Talisman