Blithe Spirit

A comedy by Noel Coward
22-25 October 1957
The Little Theatre, Old Royal Marines Camp, Butts Road, Faringdon
Directed by Kathleen Daish

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.

The action of the play passes in the living room of Charles Condomine’s house in Kent.