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Blithe Spirit

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Closed June 7, 2014

Angela Lansbury is on sparkling form....

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Why See Blithe Spirit?

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hail to thee, blithe spirit

On the trail of the occult for a new novel, socialite Charles Condomine finds himself messing with the wrong kind of supernatural beings when he enlists the eccentric Madame Arcati, a medium, to help with a seance. But the hapless Madame Arcati unknowingly summons the spirit of Charles' ex-wife, the vengeful Elvira and she is none to impress with being back on this mortal coil. .

Opening in the West End in 1941, Noel Coward wasn't sure about the welcome it would receive. Would the public be ready for a darkly comic farce about ghosts in the midst of the war? But he needn't have worried; the mischievous Blithe Spirit was a hit, with its typical Coward wit and wisdom. Now in its 5th London revival with the imitable Angela Landsbury at the helm as the hilarious Madame Arcati, this ghostly comedy will do more than just send shivers down your spine! .

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Charles Condomine wants to write a book on ghouls and ghosts and the occult, but ends up getting far more than he bargained for when he invites a medium, Madame Arcati to host a seance in his house for material. But that's when his angry ex-wife Elvira makes contact from the other side, not at all pleased to see that Charles has moved on, marrying Ruth. .

Making sure only Charles can see her, she starts a series of troublesome events, starting harmless, but eventually becoming potentially life threatening. Its up to Charles and Madame Arcati to exorcize the troublesome spook, and fast! .

Did you know?

Blithe Spirit has been reincarnated as both a film, starring the dreamy Rex Harrison and as a musical, High Spirits, opening on Broadway in 1964.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 1 March 2014

Opening night: 18 March 2014


Blithe Spirit is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards

Run time

2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Cast and Creative


Dame Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati

Janie Dee as Ruth Condomine

Charles Edwards as Charles Condomine

Jemima Rooper as Elvira

Sandra Dickinson as Mrs Bradman

Simon Jones as Doctor George Bradman

Patsy Ferran as Edith


Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Michael Blakemore

Designs by Simon Higlett

Lighting by Mark Jonathan

What you thought

13 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)

4.5 star rating



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