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Panton Street 6, London SW1Y 4DN

Blithe Spirit

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Closed November 6, 2021

As the psychic Madame Arcati in this marvellous production, Saunders channels AbFab's Edina - only with more intrepidity

The Independent

Why See Blithe Spirit?

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Starring Jennifer Saunders

TV legend Jennifer Saunders returns to the West End stage as a quirky medium in Noel Cowards' iconic comedy, Blithe Spirit. After thrilling audiences at the Theatre Royal Bath last summer, the Richard Eyre helmed production has packed up its crystal ball and heads to the Harold Pinter Theatre this autumn!

What is the story?

When Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth invite the eccentric medium Madame Arcati (Saunders) to conduct a seance at their home all hell breaks loose, literally. As Charles' first wife Elvira returns to the human world (only visible to Charles) she is determined to ruin her husband's new marriage, no matter the consequences...

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Additional Information


Opening night: 16 September 2021

Run time

Two hours 20 minutes (including interval)


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati
Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles
Lisa Dillon as Ruth
Madeleine Mantock as Elvira
Simon Coates as Dr. Bradman
Lucy Robinson as Mrs. Bradman
Rose Wardlaw as Edith00


Written by Noel Coward 
Directed by Richard Eyre

What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (2.5 Stars)

2.5 star rating

Ms E : “Sorry to say”

As I sat down in the beautifully ornate Richmond Theatre, I was transported... more

Stuart Williams J: “Blithe Spirit”

Fully agree with previous review. Tired, wooden, dull. I looked at my watch... more

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