Live at the Duke of York's Theatre
Blithe Spirit, originally written in 1941 by Noël Coward, and is a wonderfully witty and scrupulously engineered comedy that was created to distract the public from the horrors of World War II.
Blithe Spirit is about Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are literally haunted by a past relationship when an overly eccentric medium, Madame Arcati,accidentally summons the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance. Her ghost is only visible to Charles and she becomes determined to destroy everything about his current marriage.
The wartime comedy stars the iconic comedic actress, Jennifer Saunders. Her whimsical performance as the quirky clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, has delighted audiences and critics alike at the Theatre Royal Bath’s 2019 Summer Season. A comedic veteran, Jennifer Saunders is well known and highly regarded for her sketch show French and Saunders and her smash hit comedy, Absolutely Fabulous. Other cast members include Lisa Dillon (BBC 1’s Cranford) as Ruth. Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks, The Thick of It, Traitors), Richard Eyre, director of the National Theatre for ten years, winner of 5 Olivier Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award. Designer Anthony Ward’s numerous productions include Tony Award winning Mary Stuart and Olivier Award winning Oklahoma!
Designed by Anthony Ward
Directed by Richard Eyre
★★★★ SUNDAY EXPRESS - ‘Absolutely fabulous... comic gold. Jennifer Saunders is a delight.’
★★★★ THE TIMES - ‘Jennifer Saunders... brilliantly funny. Enormous life affirming fun.’
★★★★ DAILY TELEGRAPH - ‘Jennifer Saunders... a revelation. A fabulous Coward revival. Richard Eyre has cast to perfection across the board.’
★★★★ MAIL ON SUNDAY - ‘Coward’s sublimely crafted dialogue. Jennifer Saunders... a splendid Madame Arcati.’