The Proteans present

HAYFEVER by Noel Coward at the Walled Garden

Friday 26th July 2024 - Sunday 28th July 2024 various times

TICKETS: From £8 + booking fee

The Proteans return to Basingstoke’s ‘best-kept secret’ the Walled Garden in Down Grange, for another of their popular performances of classic plays. For July 2024 The Proteans present Hayfever, Noel Coward’s brilliantly effervescent comedy!

Noël Coward wrote this brilliantly effervescent comedy of bad manners in three days when he was just 24. A fabulous, sparkling tale of a weekend in an English country house with a family of bohemians, it has lost none of it’s charm since its first staging in 1924.
Judith Bliss is a famous West End actress, technically retired. Husband David churns out romantic novels. Their grown-up children – Simon and Sorel – resolutely refuse to grow up. The pathologically self-absorbed Blisses invite a quartet of hapless guests for the week-end; cue outrageous flirting, brilliant one-liners and near Olympic levels of very British rudeness. Clearly an inspiration for everything from the screwball comedies of Howard Hawkes to the recent obsessions of ‘Saltburn’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ ; this is a satirical look at the self absorbed English upper classes.
Hay Fever has something for everyone; a delirious roller-coaster of a play, encased in wit, comedy and plenty of satire. Pack a picnic and join us in the Walled Garden for a great afternoon of classic comedy and (hopefully) great British sunshine!!!

The Proteans always bring a unique twist to their popular performances of classic plays, from a Bowie-inspired Ariel in their most recent production of The Tempest, to an operatic interval during The Importance of Being Earnest !

Expect plenty of irreverent fun, silly songs, crazy costumes and the perfect setting for a summer evening with friends.

As ever, ticket holders are welcome to arrive up to 1 hour before the performance begins. We encourage you to bring a picnics and Prosecco to enjoy, while you soak up the atmosphere and experience the delight of some outdoor theatre!

Dates and Performance Times

Friday 26th July | Gates open for picnics 6pm | Show begins 7pm

Saturday 27th July |
Show 1: Gates open for picnics 1pm | Show begins 2pm
Show 2: Gates open for picnics 4pm | Show begins at 5pm

Sunday 28th July | Gates open for picnics 1pm | Show begins 2pm

Advance Tickets: BOOK NOW

Tickets are available to purchase on the gate in the hour leading up to the show, we limit advance tickets incase of bad weather and having to bring the production indoors. If the weather is anything other than amber or red warning, the show will be going ahead, so if your plans change you can turn up at the last minute!

£10 | £8 concessions + booking fee
Gates open NO EARLIER than 1 hour than performance times for picnics and on the day ticket sales.
We do not send out physical tickets, your email confirmation is proof of booking. (Please check our spam folder if you can’t see a confirmation email from our ticketing partner, Ticket Source.)

Suitable for all the family to enjoy.

Important information

  • Please bring a camping chair or waterproof backed picnic blanket, as seating at the garden is highly limited.
  • There will be the opportunity to buy on site refreshments including: Prosecco (bottle or by the glass), tea & coffee, soft drinks and ice creams.
  • We cannot take card payments for tickets purchased on the door or for refreshments so please bring cash and ideally have small change available.
  • A word to the wise; make sure you dress for the weather. When we advise to pack both a raincoat and sun cream, we really aren’t kidding… it’s been know for us to experience all four seasons during one performance, and the show will only be cancelled if there is a torrential rain! In the unlikely event of a cancellation your booking will be transferred to a rescheduled date.

About the Proteans

The Proteans are the adult drama workshop group affiliated with Proteus. A friendly and sociable group, they undertake performances regularly; the ethos is to explore creativity, performance and, above all, for the sheer enjoyment of making, performing and experiencing live theatre.

To find out more please visit

Photos by Chuck Douglas Photography from 2023’s The Tempest


One of the most perfectly-engineered comedies of the century

- The Times

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