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Witness a revival of Noel Crawford’s comedy, Blithe Spirit, as five-time Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre is all set to bring it back to the West End stage! Following a critically acclaimed run and featuring supremely talented actors in the lead roles, the production guarantees to provide an evening of unadulterated entertainment!

Why Watch Blithe Spirit

The production is directed by the renowned Richard Eyre. A winner of an astonishing five Olivier Awards, and also a Lifetime Achievement Award, Eyre is one of the most prolific theatre directors of this generation. Blithe Spirit is a revival of the 1941 classic by Noel Coward about death and the afterlife. Written and performed during the Second World War, it was a comic look at death, the afterlife, and the horrors of marriage.

Despite being rather silly, Coward’s skilful writing ensures that the comedy brings out the pain and loss through his characters. Eyre wonderfully adds in glimpses of emotion that only seem to add to the absurdity of the situation at hand. The cast, in particular, won critical acclaim during the production’s run at the Theatre Royal Bath. Jennifer Saunders’ role as Madame Arcati is textbook perfect. She wonderfully captures the eccentricities, while adding her unique touch of humour. Emma Naomi is perfect as the beautiful and self-centred Elvira and Lisa Dillon as the nagging Ruth. Anthony Ward is in charge of the design and combined with Eyre’s precise direction, the comic interplay between fantasy and reality is brilliantly portrayed.

Do not miss this excellently crafted production during its short six-week run at the Duke of Yorks Theatre!

The Story

Charles Condomine is a novelist who lives with his wife Ruth. One day he calls an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to his house, to gather some information for his next novel. The scheme, however, backfires. She conjures up the ghost of Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for more than seven years, during the ritual.

To make matters worse, this annoying ghost is only visible to Charles and is determined to take revenge on him. The ghost creates havoc in his marriage life and aims to make Charles’ life a living hell. The ghostly Elvira makes increasingly desperate attempts to disrupt Charles’ life and plans to kill him so that he can join her in the spirit world.

Will Charles find a way to escape from the ghost of his first wife? Will Elvira’s scheme to kill Charles backfire on her, leading to her ultimate demise?

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Date Night | Fans of Richard Eyre | Comedy Lovers

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Performances are held from the 5th of March, 2020 until the 11th of April, 2020.

Please note that on Tuesday, the 10th of March, there will be only one performance at 7 PM. There will be no matinee on the 5th of March and the 7th of April.

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:30 PM
Tue, Thur & Sat 2:30 PM

Leading Roles
Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati
Lisa Dillon as Ruth
Emma Naomi as Elvira
Geoffrey Streatfield as Charles Condomine

Directed By
Richard Eyre

Designed By
Anthony Ward

Playwright By
Noel Coward

Additional Info

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

Duration
To be confirmed.

Available Facilities
In-house lounge
Coat check
Wheelchair accessible

Seating
The Duke of Yorks Theatre has a seating capacity of 626 across 3 sections.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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My Tickets

Your booking confirmation will be sent via email. Please display the ticket on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the Box Office of the theatre.

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