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:

Johanna Pearson-Farr
2016, Edith
Tina Rizzo
Tina Rizzo
Actor
2015, Edith
MADC Clubrooms
Samantha Johanna Williams
2015, Edith
The Workhouse Theatre
Rachel Waring
2015, Edith
Oxford Parks
Katalina Kovecses
2014, Edith
Bloor Village playhouse
Rachael Lovegrove
2013, Edith
South Hill Park
Grace K Miller
2013, Edith
Manor Pavilion
Faye Christall
2012, Edith
Emma Wyverne
Emma Wyverne
Actor
2012, Edith
Tamara Wilder
2011, Edith
Hever Festival Theatre
Anna Ladner
Anna Ladner
Actor
2010, Edith
Einhornbuehne Bludenz
Natalie Scott
2010, Edith
Robin Hood Theatre, Averham
Holly Georgia
2009, Edith
Natalie Rowan
2008, Edith
Melisa Ramadan
2007, Edith
Sarah Wynne Kordas
2006, Edith
Touring
Nikki Ann James
2005, Edith
No 1 UK Tour
Stacey Amelie Williams
1998, Edith
Avondale Hall Theatre
Charmaine Bourton
1995, Edith
St. Johns belmont
Cheryl Newey
Cheryl Newey
Actor
1993, Edith

Alternative Names

Blith Spirit, Blythe Spirit, Blyth Spirit