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Blithe Spirit

  • Noël Coward
  • Full Length Play, Farce, Comedy, 1940s / WWII
  • 2M, 5F
  • ISBN: 9780573010446

"Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment."

Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009

  • Full Length Play
  • Farce, Comedy

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Senior, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, Senior Theatre, Community Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati.

As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, "passes over", joins Elvira and the two "blithe spirits" haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

REVIEWS:

"Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment."

 Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009

"A world-class comedy."

TheatreMania.com, 2009

Premiere Production: Blithe Spirit was first produced on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre in New York City on November 5, 1941. It was directed by John C. Wilson.
  • Casting: 2M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Parts for Senior Actors, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Ensemble cast

EDITH - a maid
RUTH - Charles' current wife
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira
DR. BRADMAN
MRS. BRADMAN
MADAME ARCATI - a medium
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife

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The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati.

As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, "passes over", joins Elvira and the two "blithe spirits" haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

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