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Jennifer Saunders is set to star in Noel Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit as director Richard Eyre's production of the play transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre in London for a limited run from March 2020. 

Saunders will play clairvoyant Madame Arcati who is hired by writer Charles Condomine to help gather material for his latest novel, but instead, fathoms the spirit of his first wife. The role has been played by many respected actors, including Angela Lansbury and Alison Steadman. 

Blithe Spirit will run in London at the Duke of York's Theatre from 5th March to 11th April 2020, with an official opening night on 10th March. 

The production premiered at Theatre Royal Bath, to positive reviews including The Stage's Jeremy Brien labelling Saunders' performance "tailor-made for the role of the dotty, but deadly serious, medium", while The Guardian's Clare Brennan adds, '[Saunders'] comic interplay of tensions between real and imaginary is touchingly personified in Jennifer Saunders’s Madame Arcati'.

The cast of the play is completed by Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Emma Naomi as Elvira, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith. 

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Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
as Madame Arcati

5 Mar 2020 to 11 Apr 2020

Noel Coward
Richard Eyre
Howard Harrison
John Leonard
Anthony Ward
Cast list:
Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Lisa Dillon, Emma Naomi, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson and Rose Wardlaw
Other info:
Illusions by Paul Kieve

Duke of York's Theatre

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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Our Blithe Spirit Review

There is nothing like a Dame - especially one playing a Madame. But this isn't a Madame that's selling sex, but connections to the afterlife. And the person bringing her to vivacious life is a stage and screen legend with connections that spread everywhere. She is theatreland's newest theatrical dame Angela Lansbury who was made one in the New Year's Honours List. She was born in London but has been... Read more

First aired in the West End 70 years ago, this is probably Noël Coward's most famous play – famously written in less than a week. Regularly revived, it nevertheless strikes me that, like one of its own central characters, this 'light comedy' doesn't know when it has effectively 'passed over'. That's not to say that it's without humour, and as it's the work of a major writer it's of considerable... Read more

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Jennifer Saunders to star in Blithe Spirit revival in the West End
Friday, 20 September, 2019, 10:30

Jennifer Saunders is set to star in a revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in the West End next spring, it has been announced. Directed by Richard Eyre, Saunders will play clairvoyant Madame Arcati who stages a séance at a writer’s home with the aim of gathering material for a new novel, only to call the spirit of his first wife instead. The role has been played by any great actors, including Alison Steadman, Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith.

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