Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit Tickets

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Blithe Spirit
Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Our Review 3 / 5

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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Covid safety

This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.

This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.

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

until 6 Nov 2021

By:
Noel Coward
Director:
Richard Eyre
Lighting:
Howard Harrison
Sound:
John Leonard
Design:
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

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

Customer reviews

Our Review of Blithe Spirit

3/5

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

5/5

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

3/5

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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