Plays Directory : Blithe Spirit

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Noel Coward
  • Written
    1941
  • Overview
    Charles Condamine, a successful author, lives in Sussex with his second wife, Ruth. As the play opens, they are preparing for a dinner party. They have invited Dr Bradman, the local GP, Mrs Bradman and an eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati.

    Charles is working on a novel about a fraudulent medium, and has invited Arcati to conduct a séance for his research. It is clear before Madame Arcati arrives that the sceptical Condamines and Bradmans are treating the idea of a séance as a joke.

    However, during the séance, strange knocks and manifestations suggest that something has indeed happened. When the guests leave, the ghost of Charles’ first wife Elvira materialises but only Charles can see or hear her.

    Charles’ odd behaviour upsets Ruth, and the mood at breakfast the following morning is frosty. However, Charles succeeds in demonstrating to Ruth that Elvira is in the room. No love is lost between the two women, who can only converse via Charles. Ruth invites Madame Arcati to exorcise Elvira, and is upset to learn that it is beyond her powers.

    Things come to a head when Ruth is killed in a car accident, engineered by Elvira in the hope of killing Charles so they can spend eternity together. A second séance only results in the ghost of Ruth being conjured up to join Elvira, and the two women work together to unsettle Charles.

    Finally Madame Arcati returns and, after trances and incantations, proves that the ghosts have been summoned by another medium, the Condamine’s maid, Edith. Arcati succeeds in exorcising both the ghostly wives, and Charles escapes. As he leaves, he tells both the spirit wives his true feelings and they take revenge on him by unleashing supernatural phenomena which gradually destroy the house.

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6 known characters

5 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Aimee Shields
Aimee Shields
Acting Coach
2020, Director
The Georgian Theatre Royal
Rebecca Closure
2019, Elvira
Samya De Meo
Samya De Meo
Actor
2019, Madame Arcati
Yona Epstein-Roth
2019, Dr. George Bradman
Erindale Studio Theatre
Leonie Macdonald
Leonie Macdonald
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, Deputy Stage Manager
Theatre Royal Bath
Elaine DE SAULLES
Elaine DE SAULLES
Company Manager
2019, Company and Stage Manager
Bath Theatre Royal
Hannah Walmsley
Hannah Walmsley
Stage Manager
2019, Stage Manager
Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Nicole Roper
Nicole Roper
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Dresser
Theatre Royal Bath
Erin Whiley
Erin Whiley
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, Stage Manager
Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Chloe Anabelle Dougan
2019, Lighting and Sound Op
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Paula Worley
Paula Worley
Director
2019, Director
Firehall Theatre, Cobourg
Christie Wilkes
Christie Wilkes
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, ASM
Megan Smith
Megan Smith
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Assistant Stage Manager
Theatre Royal Bath
Jessica Geffen
2018, Mrs. Bradman
Ellie Hoccom
Ellie Hoccom
Hair Stylist
2018, Hair and Makeup Supervisor
Jasmine Perkin
2018, Elvira
HOME
Géraldine Chevalley
2018, Elvira
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2018, Set Designer
McGrigor Hall
Billy Doody
Billy Doody
Actor
2018, Charles Condomine
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall

Alternative Names

Blith Spirit, Blythe Spirit, Blyth Spirit