Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit - Shaw Festival Theatre

Nothing can come between Charles and Ruth. Except maybe the ghost of his first wife.
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June 14 - October 8
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A theatre-lovers’ favourite ever since it was written, Blithe Spirit is a tug-of-love comedy with a difference: one of the lovers is a ghost. Novelist Charles, hoping to gather material for his next book, asks Madame Arcati (one of the great characters in all of theatre) to conduct a séance in his house. It works too well: his first wife returns from the other side, with predictably disastrous results for his second marriage. Noël Coward at his deadliest.

Recommended for Grade 6+ | Age 11+

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Technical Credits
Directed by Mike Payette
Set and costumes designed by James Lavoie
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Original music and sound designed by Troy Slocum

First presented by HM Tennent Ltd and John C. Wilson at the Opera House, Manchester on June 16, 1941 (the following week the company played at Leeds); subsequently presented at the Piccadilly Theatre, London on July 2, 1941, transferred to the St James’s Theatre on March 23, 1942 and then to the Duchess Theatre on October 6, 1942 (1,997 performances). BLITHE SPIRIT © NC Aventales AG 1941

Copyright agent: Alan Brodie Representation Ltd

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Approximate run time
3 hours including one intermission
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