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:

Catherine Martin
2019, Elvira
Rebecca Closure
2019, Elvira
Géraldine Chevalley
2018, Elvira
Teresa Dawn Taylor
2018, Elvira
OVT
Jess Nesling
Jess Nesling
Actor
2018, Elvira
Eliza Shea
Eliza Shea
Actor
2017, Elvira
Chenango River Theatre
Natasha Haws
Natasha Haws
Actor
2017, Elvira
Middlesbrough Theatre
Sarah Appleton
2017, Elvira
St Georges Complex
Lydia Harris
Lydia Harris
Actor
2016, Elvira
Sheridan Studio
Grace Abele
Grace Abele
Actor
2016, Elvira
Filipa Fallow
2016, Elvira
Rosie-Lea Sparkle
2016, Elvira
Femke Witney
Femke Witney
Actor
2016, Elvira
The Crescent Theatre
Brandi McLaine
2016, Elvira
Bethany Blake
2016, Elvira
Sarah Thorne Theatre
Charlotte Ellen
2015, Elvira
Oxford University Parks
Kerry Newton
Kerry Newton
Actor
2014, Elvira
Hannah Jay
Hannah Jay
Actor
2014, Elvira
Bath Spa University Theatre
Melissa Woodbridge
2014, Elvira
Gielgud Theatre
Emma Sian Cooper
2013, Elvira
Blue Orange Theatre

Alternative Names

Blith Spirit, Blythe Spirit, Blyth Spirit