A SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. TITLE

Blithe Spirit

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.
  • 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
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

    Please submit a license request to determine availability.
Also Available

Details

Summary
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.
Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Tours
M2 (40, middle age) F5 (young, 45, middle age)
  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting A living-room
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Special Effects
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

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

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Positively Noël: Six Great Noël Coward Plays to Perform

20 Plays & Musicals for Spooky Season
Annette Storckman
September 27, 2019

Materials

Scripts

Available Formats:

Authors

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 feature ...

View full profile

Community

Now Playing

Community Experiences

Related