Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
4 – 19 October

 

Blithe Spirit is a comic play.

 

The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madam Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

 

The scheme backfires when after the séance he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira.

 

Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who of coursecannot see or hear the ghost.

 

The play was first staged in the West End in 1941 and it went on to create a new long-run record for non-musical British plays with 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances.

 

Noel Coward adapted the play for film in 1945, starring Rex Harrison.

 

Directed by Julie Black