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Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit Tickets

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Blithe Spirit
Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Starring comedian Jennifer Saunders
Our Review 3 / 5

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 Harold Pinter Theatre in London for a limited run from September 2021. 

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 Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September - 6 November, with an opening night on 21 September.

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. 

Previews from |
16th September 2021
Opening date |
21st September 2021
Booking from |
16th September 2021
Available until |
6th November 2021
Closes |
6th November 2021
Categories |
Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
as Madame Arcati

16 Sep 2021 to 6 Nov 2021

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

Harold Pinter Theatre Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

Customer reviews

Our Review of Blithe Spirit


In 2013, Richard Eyre directed the great Lesley Manville in a harrowing production of Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida that subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. The ghosts in that play are metaphorical, summonsing the parental legacies of a dead father on his son. Read more


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 resident for most of her adult life Stateside, since being evacuated as a child... 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 historical significance. But its roots lie in a time when humour was a very different... Read more

Latest Blithe Spirit News & Features

Photo credit: Jennifer Saunders in Blithe Spirit (Photo courtesy of Blithe Spirit)
Jennifer Saunders to return to ‘Blithe Spirit’, transferring to Harold Pinter Theatre
Friday, 28 May, 2021, 10:56
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit will resume performances in the West End, now moved to a new home for autumn performances. Jennifer Saunders will reprise the role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September - 6 November. This production of Blithe Spirit first opened at Theatre Royal Bath in June 2019, later transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre in March 2020. Two weeks into its run, performances were cancelled due to the...
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