Blithe Spirit returns to West End with Jennifer Saunders from September

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit will return to London’s West End from September with Jennifer Saunders reprising her starring role.

The show was originally due to play at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre prior to last year’s lockdown.


It will now run for a limited eight week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September with tickets on sale now here.

Jennifer Saunders will return as clairvoyant Madame Arcati in the comedy play by Noël Coward.

A synopsis shares: “Novelist Charles Condomine is researching material for a new mystery book he’s writing. He invites an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati over to his home to perform a séance. It’s not long before the ghost whisperer conjures up the spirit of Charles’ first wife, Elvira.

“Soon Charles and his second wife Ruth are haunted by his past, literally, as the poltergeist, who is only visible to Charles, is hell-bent on sabotaging his marriage with Ruth. Soon both life and the afterlife get a whole lot more complicated. Will the Condomines’ relationship be torn to pieces by the ghost of an ex-wife?”

Also on the cast are Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman and Rose Wardlaw as Edith and Madeleine Mantock as Elvira.

Richard Eyre directs with production design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

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Blithe Spirit first ran in the West End in 1941 and has gone on to have several runs in both London and on Broadway.

There have also been a number of TV and radio adaptations as well as a 2020 film starring Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher, Judi Dench and Emilia Fox.

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