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Written by Noël Coward
Directed by Kerri Norris

Written by the ‘king of cool’ Noel Coward, this witty and downright funny play follows the misfortunes of a married man when his first wife comes to visit unexpectedly – despite having been dead for seven years!

The comedy follows novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth as they are haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a seance. When she appears, visible only to Charles and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life—and the afterlife—get complicated.

Charles and Ruth Condomine await three dinner guests, including noted medium Madame Arcati. Charles plans to use the seance for his new book, a supernatural thriller. However, Madame Arcati doesn’t know this. While they wait, Ruth tries to teach their new maid Edith proper conduct.

The conversation turns to Charles’ late wife, Elvira, who died of a heart attack a few years ago while laughing wildly. Ruth was also previously married and says that she’s not insecure at all about Elvira. However, she seems defensive when it’s brought up how attractive Elvira was. Her phrasing indicates that she feels like she’s still competing with Elvira for Charles’ attention. She tells Charles that he’s always been dominated by women, and he’s still under Elvira’s spell. He denies this, and tells Ruth that if this was true, she’s the one currently dominating his life.

The first guests arrive, the married Bradmans. The two couples talk about Madame Arcati, who they’ve only heard of. Charles is skeptical about her writing career, which include children’s books and biographies. They’re interrupted when Madame Arcati arrives on her bicycle, and the party officially begins.

  • Suitable for:

    Adults & older children 12+.
    Some suggestive dialog.
    Parental Guidance.

  • Comedy

    Light entertainment.
    Comedy with a bit of mystery.

  • Relaxed Performance*

    *Click the title to read more about "Relaxed Performances"

Audience Reactions:

Delightful!

We were in the audience @surreyartscentre last night. The play was thoroughly delightful. You were your always talented and artistic self and the audience loved you for it. We went home and checked out the 1949 Blithe Spirit movie with Margaret Rutherford. So wonderful to be back at live theatre. Thank you to all who made this happen.

Penny Priddy

Funny

... hysterically funny as one of drama’s greatest comic creations

Paul Taylor

Well-oiled comedy

...the succession of neatly plotted twists and the final unexpected reveal create a well-oiled comedy.

David Benedict

Comedic distraction

Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit as a distraction during World War II and it’s the perfect comedic distraction for our own troubled times.

Chloe Kerr

Witty!

You'll get his trademark wit, with ectoplasm and ghosts ('My wife's funeral exhausted her!').

Luke Jones

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Surrey Arts Centre
03:30pmOCT 16
07:30pmOCT 15 - 16
Anvil Centre
03:30pmOCT 23 - 24*
07:30pmOCT 21 - 23

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance • Opera • Theatre Policy.

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