Blithe Spirit - Melbourne Theatre Company 1986
by Noel Coward
Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
The play was first seen in the West End in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. Coward adapted the play for film in 1945, starring Rex Harrison, and directed a musical adaptation, High Spirits, on Broadway in 1964. It was also adapted for television in the 1950s and 1960s and for radio. The play enjoyed several West End and Broadway revivals in the 1970s and 1980s and was revived again in London in 2004, 2011, 2014 and 2020. It returned to Broadway in February 2009.
Blithe Spirit MTC - Anne Scott Pendlebury, Jennifer Hagan, David Downer, John Murphy, Rona McLeod, Monica Maughan, Jacki Weaver
Director - John Sumner
Designer - Tony Tripp
Lighting - Jamies Lewis
Playbill / Program Date Dec - Jan 1986 Playhouse Theatre
Size 150 x 240 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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