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Blithe Spirit

Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5f, 2m

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati.

Blithe Spirit

by  Noël Coward

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

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  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A living-room
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5f, 2m
Cast Attributes
M2 (40, middle age) F5 (young, 45, middle age)

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"Coward’s expertly crafted and effervescent dialogue swimming in dry martinis." The Hollywood ReporterRead here

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Noël Coward

Noël Peirce Coward was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as Prince Mussel in The Goldfish at the age of 12, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924), which featured themes of drugs and a ...

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