Main House Jennifer Saunders, Lisa Dillon, Emma Naomi, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson, Rose Wardlaw

Blithe Spirit – June/July 2019

by Noël Coward
  • 14 June - 6 July
Blithe Spirit – June/July 2019

Event Information

Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Running time; 2h30, including interval

No performance info available


★★★★ “Jennifer Saunders has a ball in fabulous Coward comedy. A REVELATION” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Jennifer Saunders … a vintage performance” Daily Mail

“JENNIFER SAUNDERS IS SPOOKILY FUNNY … a fizzy delight” The Guardian

★★★★★ “Fun of the highest quality … Jennifer Saunders is magnificent”

Stage Talk Magazine

★★★★ “Stunningly staged” The Stage

“A production full of charm and class. Excellent cast” Bath Echo

Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK’s most popular comic actresses. The role of one of Noël Coward’s best loved characters, the preposterous clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, is perfectly suited to her extraordinary talents. With a distinguished creative team, this Blithe Spirt promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.

Written in 1941, Coward’s inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy distracted the public from the horrors of World War II. The show had a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway and has been a favourite ever since.


Monday – Saturday 7.30pm

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £27

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies


by Noël Coward

Directed by Richard Eyre

Starring Jennifer Saunders with Lisa Dillon, Emma Naomi, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson and Rose Wardlaw

Associate Director – Sarah Meadows

Designed by Anthony Ward

Lighting Designed by Howard Harrison

Presented by arrangement with Lee Dean


Jennifer Saunders is much loved for the sketch show French and Saunders, for which she and Dawn French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009, and for the hit comedy series and subsequent film, Absolutely Fabulous, which she both wrote and starred in.

Lisa Dillon, who plays Ruth, is best known for her role as Mary Smith in BBC1’s Cranford. Her West End credits include Richard Eyre’s Private Lives.

The director of the National Theatre for ten years, Richard Eyre is the winner of five Olivier Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award. His numerous hugelyacclaimed productions include Guys and Dolls and The Invention of Love. His award-winning film and television work includes Iris, Tumbledown and The Children Act.

Designer Anthony Ward’s numerous productions include the Tony Award-winning Mary Stuart, the What’s on Stage Award for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Olivier Award for Oklahoma!. The winner of two Olivier Awards, lighting designer Howard Harrison has recently worked on Impossible and Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway and worldwide).

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