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Blithe Spirit - Full Length Play, Comedy

Blithe Spirit

Noël Coward

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573606144

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 cal…
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The living room of Charles Condomine's house in Kent, England.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Cuttings allowed, Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

EDITH - a maid
RUTH - Charles' current wife
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira
DR. BRADMAN
MRS. BRADMAN
MADAME ARCATI - a medium
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Noël Coward

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 London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a ... view full profile

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Reviews
Elaine Bard 1/1/2014 12:09 PM
A fantastic classic!
Martin J Saxton 10/29/2013 3:51 PM
Paul Whealon 10/22/2013 9:47 AM
BLITHE SPIRIT is a classic of the English theatre.  In today's educational theatre, it can be used to provide an insight into a style of writing and acting that our young people are not familiar.  Producing this play allows you to hone the skills of your actors while teaching them the finer arts of farce.  The topic may seem distant and foreign to them; but, as the rehearsal process progresses, the nuances of the piece and the genius of Noel Coward seeps into their characters and performances.  It is a small cast piece that allows you to concentrate on the individuals.  The story is so absurdly fun that the cast will become infected with it and discover the fun hidden in the language.  it is so easy to hear the "music" of the words because of the deft touch that Noel Coward used to create the piece.  I highly recommend it as an excellent production and as a magnificent teaching tool for the education or a more complete actor.

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