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Main House JENNIFER SAUNDERS with Lisa Dillon

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward
  • 14 June - 6 July
  • Online Booking from 7 March
Blithe Spirit

Event Information

Showing from Fri 14 Jun — Sat 6 Jul

Online Booking from 7 March

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Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK’s most popular comic actresses. The role of one of Noël Coward’s bestloved 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

Press Night Wednesday 19 June 7pm

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (Not 13 or 15 June)

Tickets from £27

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

starring JENNIFER SAUNDERS with LISA DILLON

by Noël Coward

Directed by Richard Eyre

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).

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

Standard discounts – apply Monday -Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee. £1 off for U16s, students, Seniors (60+), JSA claimants. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

Group discounts – 10+ £1 off per ticket; 20+ save 20% on each ticket.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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