Full Length Play
Time Period - 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - The living room of Charles Condomine's house in Kent, England.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cuttings allowed, Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
Aging, Death, Love, Memory
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From Broadway, From West End
Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous 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.
"Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009"A world-class comedy" - TheatreMania.com, 2009
Blithe Spirit was first produced on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre in New York City on November 5, 1941. It was directed and produced by John C. Wilson.