Blithe Spirit

by  Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 5f

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous 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.

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Blithe Spirit

by  Noël Coward

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous 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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Reviews

"Coward’s expertly crafted and effervescent dialogue swimming in dry martinis." The Hollywood ReporterRead here

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Tours

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A living-room
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 5f
M2 (40, middle age) F5 (young, 45, middle age)
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Authors

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in L ...

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