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.
- Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival
"Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009
"A world-class comedy" - TheaterMania.com, 2009
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- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Setting: The living room of Charles Condomine's house in Kent, England.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
RUTH - Charles' current wife
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira
MADAME ARCATI - a medium
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife
- Ensemble cast
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
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.