Jeremy Northam and co-star Lindsay Duncan (Richard Greatham and Judith Bliss respectively) are interviewed in today’s Daily Telegraph about their roles in Hay Fever (due to open 10 February at the Noel Coward Theatre).
Clearly, he and Lindsay are getting along famously and enjoying their rehearsals, but as you would expect from such excellent and experienced actors, they’re also taking it very seriously amongst the laughs:
JN: We’re at that awkward stage of rehearsals where we’re past the initial phase – we’ve got a handle on the parts, but we know there’s more to it than that.
LD: Even though Hay Fever has touches of farce, the golden rule is that whatever truth you’re playing you must play it for all you’re worth. When you read the play, it’s obviously funny but you do have to be specific – that’s the sticky stage we’ve reached, trying to get a sense of what those specifics are.
Jeremy explains why he took the role:
I haven’t properly done a West End run for 20 years. I’ve done a good deal of filming over the last 15 to 20 years – and the most overused word in the film business is “ensemble”, but this is a real company show. One of the reasons I wanted to do this is to have that authentic experience again where everyone is keeping the ball in the air. This is probably going to be as much fun as it’s possible to have on stage – we’ve got a phenomenal cast, the best director [Howard Davies] in the business. If we can’t have fun doing this, there’s something wrong with us.
And if we can’t have fun watching, then there’s something wrong with us too! Read the full interview here.
Those of you still hesitating about when to go and see Hay Fever might like to note that during the previews (up to March 1, Monday – Thursday performances), top price tickets (usually £53.50) are £29.50. They can be bought here.