In order to observe a spiritualist first-hand for a planned novel, writer Charles Condomine (Charles Edwards) and wife Ruth (Janie Dee) invite friends the Bradmans to dinner and a séance with local clairvoyant Madame Arcati (Angela Lansbury), whom they are certain is a fake.
That all changes when the ghost of his first wife Elvira is summoned. Elvira overstays her welcome in the following days, causing a rift between Charles and his at-first disbelieving, then jealous second wife. The feuding wives, ghostly and mortal, plot to sabotage Charles’ existence and other’s. But who will succeed?
Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years, the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony Award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.
Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March, this new production of Noël Coward’s sharp comedy of social mores also stars Janie Dee and Charles Edwards.