Blithe Spirit West End cast announced

Last Updated on 16th August 2021

Full casting has now been announced for Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre in September.

Noel Coward
The Cast of Blithe Spirit 2020. Photo: Nobby Clark

Theatre Royal Bath’s production of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders has confirmed full casting ahead of its September to November limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Written in 1941, Coward’s inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy proved light relief and a popular distraction at the height of World War II when it was first staged. The show had a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.

Jennifer Saunders, one of the UK’s most popular comic actors, will revive her role as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati. She is joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild who will star as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon
Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith. The production brings together a distinguished and multi-award-winning creative team, directed by former National Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

Blithe Spirit is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions. The show had a sell-out run at Theatre Royal Bath as part of its 2019 Summer season, a UK tour and a short run of just 12 performances before the country’s first
lockdown curtailed its six week run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in March 2020.


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