Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

Dates: 1-4 & 7-10 July 2010

Directed by Ewen Coleman

Plot Summary: The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, following the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

A Message From The Director: Returning to London in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, Noel Coward was appalled at the effect the blitz was having on London. Not just the destruction of the buildings but more so on the people, as everywhere he went he met doom and gloom, a palled air of despondency hung over his beloved London, though not surprising given the circumstances. So within 6 days he had written Blithe Spirit and subtitled it An Improbable Farce in the hope that it would cheer Londoners up. It did just that with great effect and so we hope that this Heretaunga Players production will be just as enjoyable and enlivening on these long cold winter nights as that original production was back then.

Venue: The Studio, Ward Street, Upper Hutt.