Blithe Spirit is a play centered on the story of the novelist, Charles Condomine, who is attempting to conduct research into the occult and clairvoyance for his next novel. This production was first seen on the West End in 1941, running for nearly 2,000 performances. Now, Jennifer Saunders reprises her acclaimed role as zany clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spirit tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The Blithe Spirit play sees writer Charles Condomine invite a group of eccentric individuals for dinner. Part of the esteemed company is Madame Arcati, who conjures up spirits from the dead. But nobody’s expecting Arcati to resurrect the spirit of Charles’ ex wife. Chaos ensues around the table in this hit British comedy, considered to be one of Noël Coward’s finest.
Blithe Spirit is a popular choice of play in London. In 2014, Angela Lansbury played the role of Madame Arcati, alongside Jemima Rooper, Janie Dee and Charles Edwards. Blithe Spirit even toured the UK in 2011, starring Alison Steadman. The current Blithe Spirit London production first began at Theatre Royal Bath. This production brings Blithe Spirit back to the West End after its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Blithe Spirit isn’t just a stage play though. It’s also been adapted for film, television and radio too. The first Blithe Spirit film was released in 1945, and was adapted by Noël Coward himself. The 2020 Blithe Spirit film stars Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench. There’s even a Blithe Spirit musical too — the 1964 musical High Spirits is inspired by Blithe Spirit.
There’s a great Blithe Spirit creative team too, including direction by Richard Eyre, who has previously directed Mary Poppins and Ghosts. Scenic design is by Anthony Ward, with lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by John Leonard. There’s even illusions by Paul Kieve too, but we won’t spoil them for you. With this creative team, it's no wonder then that Blithe Spirit wowed the critics. In a review of Blithe Spirit in London in 2020, “Eyre's production - and the wives themselves - achieve liftoff, literally so, in the second half when Anthony Ward's set and Paul Kieve's illusions provide a memorable comic finale.”
Tickets to Blithe Spirit are available now. Book your Blithe Spirit tickets on London Theatre today.
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