Heather Mitchell and Tony Llewellyn-Jones Photo: James Green

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So much of modern comedy owes to the wry slapstick of Noel Coward. Clever and droll, his characters are always ready for another dry martini or a classy misstep.

The Sydney Theatre Company presents Hay Fever, first produced in 1925. For fans of Noel Coward, this tale of naughty people is among his earliest and also the best of his comedies. A wry take on the bohemian mayhem of the Bliss family, each member invites a suitably unsuitable guest for a weekend away.

Tom Conroy, who plays Simon Bliss, the son and painter of patriarch David Bliss, describes his character as “sort of socialite”. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts and spending the past six years in theatre around the country, Conroy offers that this straight-out comedy (his first) has been hard work, and also a learning curve.

“It’s been really fascinating [to work on],” said Conroy. “It will be a great night out at the theatre, a really fun couple of hours.” (OA)

Apr 11–May 26, various show times. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. $64-$104. Tickets & Info: sydneytheatre.com.au