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:

Van Riker
Van Riker
Actor
2019, Dr. Bradman
The Garvin Theatre
Alistair Maydon
2019, Dr Bradman
Tower Theatre
Wesley Charles
2017, Dr Bradman
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
James Farley
James Farley
Actor
2017, Dr Bradman
HOME, Manchester
David Parker
David Parker
Actor
2016, Dr. Bradman
Scottish Tour
Tom Hawk
Tom Hawk
Actor
2015, Dr. Bradman
Daniel Arbon
Daniel Arbon
Actor
2015, Dr Bradman
Alex Hayes
Alex Hayes
Actor
2014, Dr Bradman
Bath Spa University Theatre
Ian Craddock
Ian Craddock
Actor
2013, Dr. Bradman
Blue Orange Theatre
Corey Wood
Corey Wood
Actor
2012, Dr Bradman
Riverside Theatre
Antony Gabriel
2009, Dr Bradman
Watermill Theatre
Anthony Shin
Anthony Shin
Actor
2009, Dr Bradman
Grange Court Theatre
EDMUND HERD
EDMUND HERD
Actor
2008, Dr BRADMAN
SHERINGHAM
Luke Owen
Luke Owen
Actor
2007, Dr Bradman
David Rumelle
2006, Dr Bradman
Civic Theatre,Chelmsford
Simon Blake
Simon Blake
Actor
2000, Dr. Bradman
Paul Neaum
Paul Neaum
Actor
1997, Dr Bradman
Tristran Bates Theatre

Alternative Names

Blith Spirit, Blythe Spirit, Blyth Spirit