Jeremy Northam on ‘Hay Fever’

25 Jan

Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam who are performing in Hay Fever

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.

25 Responses to “Jeremy Northam on ‘Hay Fever’”

  1. Martina January 25, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Oh Goodness! That photo and that few but most meaningful and oh-so-Jeremy-like words from his mouth just made my day!!! (…and my week, my month, my year perhaps)He´s alive… Thanks a million, dear Gill !!! Cannot say more at the moment…. 🙂 xxx

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      You’re welcome Martina, I’m glad you’re happy! x

  2. Martina January 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    In addition and reply to my own response: My eye – few words! Only just I´ve figured out that there is a ‘full interview’ ..Sorry, I feel a bit woozy…Again thank you so much Gill! x

  3. Mariela January 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm #





    Gill, I searched the presentation of “Dean Spanley” on BBC, made ​​by Jeremy at the end of last year in “Breakfast” show, but I didn’t found it. I do not understand – the biggest Bulgarian TV upload on their sites all programs and reports, while the BBC do not do it – it only shows up on the Editor’s Choice …

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      Yes, it’s a shame the BBC don’t make their archive more available. There are lots and lots of things I’d like the chance to see again.

  4. gaylecool1 January 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    What fun, and such a treat that you found this for us Gill!

  5. Julia A Fleming January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Jeremy Northam is sexy the sexiest man I have seen in N1 for years that’s why I am going to the show, rock on Jer !

  6. MarianneC January 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Yay!!! Thank you for sharing.

    I’m only sorry I shan’t be able to see this. Maybe if I wish very hard, “Hay Fever” will be transferred to NYC 😉

    • MarianneC January 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      See, was too excited. I meant to post a smiley instead of a winky.


      • Emily Sonders January 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

        Thank you so much for
        this “tall drink of cool water’
        I am sharing your information
        with an email friend- forward it on-
        who is on another which features
        Jeremy news so always glad to hear
        from you Gill. What a nice photo of
        Jeremy and Lindsay and fine interview.


    • Gill Fraser Lee January 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      I hope it will transfer with Jeremy, I know there are quite a few people who will love the chance to see it in NYC.

  7. Roe Tifft January 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Gill, thank you so much for this, JN is wonderful to listen to, he has a great sense of humor and he’s very serious too. Truly enjoyed this. You are going, arent’t you, if possible. I have a feeling this is not to be missed. When we went on our honeymoon to UK we saw Lindsay Duncan in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, she was delightful, she’s first rate always has been and I’m happy JN will have her as an acting partner. He deserves the best and she’s getting the best too. From Alan Rickman to JN, cannot do better than that.

    • jules January 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      It’s funny you should mention Alan Rickman – I was just thinking how much Jeremy now looks like Alan !

      Thanks for great pics and a great taster for the play, Gill.

      • Gill Fraser Lee January 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

        You’re welcome, Jules x Wouldn’t Jeremy have made a wonderful Severus Snape …? 😉

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      You’re very welcome Rosie. It’s really good to hear Jeremy’s thoughts about the play. I am going, yes, and I’ll be sure to report back. I totally agree, I’m a HUGE fan of Lindsay Duncan, she has a really special quality, so beautiful and her voice is to die for. I’m as excited about seeing her as I am about seeing Jeremy, to be honest.

  8. Julia A Fleming January 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I need to buy my ticket quick..can’t wait I haven’t seen Jer in much just The Net he is a wonderful actor ….he has the same birthday as me also 😉

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Then you have lots of wonderful treats in store when you catch up on Jeremy’s film work! He is indeed a wonderful actor. I hope you manage to get yourself a ticket 🙂

      • Julia A Fleming March 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

        Bin there done that got ticket, lovely…just finished watching white heat enjoyed the episode but would like to have seen Jer appearing for longer !!

  9. From Orlando Florida April 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I got to see Jeremy Northam live on stage in Hay Fever at Noel Coward Theatre in London on April 22 while I was doing business meetings in London. His act is magnificent …. very funny ……. indeed an unforgetable experience to me. I enjoyed the play very much …..

  10. Isabella May 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Seen the play last saturday.
    It was fantastic!

    And I’ve met Jeremy afterwards. He is such a nice , sexy and handsome man!


  11. Julia A Fleming May 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    jealous !

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