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Blithe Spirit – Starring Jennifer Saunders
Blithe Spirit is a classic comedy. It’s one of one of Noel Coward's most popular and successful plays, a masterpiece of wickedly funny dialogue and beautifully observed social behaviour. It's also an eccentric play, with a surprise ending designed to delight, just as funny as it was back in 1941 when Coward wrote it. Welcome to a fresh version of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Sir Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders.
What's the story behind Blithe Spirit?
Charles Condomine is writing a book. As part of his research he decides to set up a spiritualist meeting at his home. He and his second wife Ruth invite their friends the Bradmans over for dinner and a séance, held by the eccentric and clearly fake Medium Madame Arcati.
Unexpectedly, Madame Arcati manages to summon the spirit of Charles’ first wife Elvira. The jealous ghost hangs around for days, visible only to Charles and causing problems between him and Ruth. The wives begin a vicious feud over who will win Charles. Who will survive, and who won't?
Coward's classic comedy is stuffed with masterful wordplay and wicked humour, and even though it's a well-loved favourite it feels as fresh and fun as ever. Anthony Ward is responsible for the design and Howard Harrison, the two time Olivier winner, is the lighting designer. John Leonard, another award winner, designs the sound and Paul Kieve, the acclaimed illusionist, creates the illusions. This dazzling version of Blithe Spirit is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean, and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions.
About Blithe Spirit
This production enjoyed a sell-out run at Theatre Royal Bath as part of its 2019 Summer season. Then it took off on a UK tour followed by a short run in London. Just 12 performances in, the first lockdown stopped things in their tracks. Now it's returning to the West End for 8 weeks from 16th September at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK's best-loved comedy actors. She revives her role as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati, joined by more original cast members: Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith.
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Playing at Harold Pinter Theatre
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- Opens: Friday, 18 June 2021
Sunday, 30 January 2022
- Running time:
2 hours 5 minutes