Blithe Spirit

A comedy by Noel Coward
Thursday 14 October 1993 - Saturday 16 October 1993
Faringdon Community Theatre, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon
Directed by Carole Tappenden

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets were available from John Maxwell Hair Studio, 2 London Street, Faringdon.

The action of the play is in the living room of Charles Condomines’s house in Kent.

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Madame Arcati leaves after the séance, unaware that she has summoned Elvira. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed.

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Blithe Spirit 1993 1

Roger Leitch; Carolyn Taylor

Blithe Spirit 1993 3

Peter Webster; Jo Webster; Helen Barter; Roger Leitch; Beryl Rees (on floor);


Helen Barter; Roger Leitch; Beryl Rees; Jo Webster; Peter Webster

Photographs by kind permission of Ian Smith (founder of the ‘Faringdon Folly’ newspaper)

Cast (in order of appearance):

Edith - Sarah Nutbrown
Ruth Condomine - Helen Barter
Charles Condomine - Peter Webster
Dr. Bradman - Roger Leitch
Mrs. Bradman - Jo Webster
Madame Arcarti - Beryl Rees
Elvira - Carolyn Taylor

See programme for further details.

Production No.113 (3 shows were performed over 3 days)