Noël Coward’s classic comedy “Hay Fever” comes to South Pasadena Theatre Workshop

South Pasadena Theatre Workshop presents Noël Coward’s HAY FEVER in celebration of the playwright's 125th birthday

South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is thrilled to announce its upcoming production of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Hay Fever, directed by Sydney Walsh. This timeless gem will grace the stage from June 5 to July 14 at 1507 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030.

Hay Fever is a delightful homage to the wit and eccentricity of famed English playwright Noël Coward, perfectly capturing the essence of his comedic spirit. Set in 1925, the play unfolds over a weekend in the English countryside, where the Bliss family’s penchant for dramatics creates chaos and hilarity for their unsuspecting guests.

Director Sydney Walsh shares her enthusiasm for the production, stating, “It’s been an absolute joy for our team to delve into the world of Hay Fever and bring Coward’s vibrant characters to life. This play is a celebration of laughter, love, and the wonderfully absurd quirks that make us all human.”

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Produced by Stephen Godwin and Sally Smythe, co-founders of South Pasadena Theatre Workshop, this production promises to be a fitting tribute to what would be Noël Coward’s 125th birthday on the 100th anniversary of the creation of “Hay Fever.” Smythe reflects on the significance of the occasion, remarking, “As lifelong admirers of Coward’s work, we are honored to present this timeless classic to modern audiences. Hay Fever remains fresh and entertaining, a testament to Coward’s enduring brilliance.”

Starring Madeline Godwin as Sorel Bliss, Sam Cass* as Simon Bliss, Sally Smythe* as Judith Bliss, Clay Wilcox* as David Bliss, Nicola Bertram* as housekeeper Clara, Andrew Tippie* as Richard Greatham, Kila Packett* as Sandy Tyrell, Erin Coker* as Myra Arundel, Fiona Rose Dyer as Jackie Coryton, and Austin Hall and Kiley Pearson as understudies, this stellar cast is poised to deliver a performance that will captivate and charm theatergoers.

The show runs for two hours with one intermission. Parental discretion is advised; the show contains adult themes and depictions of smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.


Performances run June 5 through July 14, on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm, with discounted previous on June 5-7 and a pay-what-you-can performance on June 20. Tickets are available for $35 ($25 on preview dates), with a $5 discount available on all performances for seniors and students with valid I.D. using discount code SENIORSTUDENT at checkout online. Tickets can be reserved online at


South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is an artistic haven where great texts are worked on and new ones inspired. Since 2009, founders Sally Smythe and Stephen Godwin, and a collaborative team of other local talents have presented theatrical events to embolden the spirit, workshops for theatre professionals, and conservatory opportunities for young artists. Learn more about current offerings at

*Appearing through an agreement with this theatre, South Pasadena Theatre Workshop, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.