Blithe Spirit

By Noel Coward
Autumn 1980

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, needs to learn about the occult for his next novel.  Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium, is invited to hold a séance at his house. She inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. A hilarious madness ensues as the ghostly and jealous Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage to Ruth.

ACT I

Scene 1  Before dinner on a summer evening

Scene 2  After dinner

Scene 3  The next morning

ACT II

Scene 1  Late the following afternoon

Scene 2  Early evening. A few days later

Scene 3  After dinner. A few days later

Scene 4  Several hours later


The action of the play takes place in the living-room of Charles Condomine’s house in Kent. Set in the 1950s.

CAST

CHARLES
RUTH
ELVIRA
MADAM ARCATI
DR BRADMAN
MRS BRADMAN
EDITH

Neale Webb
Jenny Wilkie
Linda Gillespie
Hilda Smith
David Ferguson
Ida Dann
Lotte Klassen

Small Running Title

CREW

DIRECTOR
STAGE MANAGER
ASSISTED BY
PROPERTIES
LIGHTING
BUSINESS MANAGER
PUBLICITY
FRONT OF HOUSE

Jim Lovegrove​
Harry Sheppard
Brian Crawford & Sylvia Reynolds
Edie Sheppard & Caroline Gillespie
Tim Lovegrove
Amanda Jones
David Ferguson
The Ferguson Family