Blithe Spirit to return to the West End with Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Lisa Dillon are among original cast returning to the West End with Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit

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Noël Coward’s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, starring Jennifer Saunders, is to return to London’s West End in September.

The production, which was cut short at the Duke of York’s Theatre because of Covid-19 in March last year, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September to 6 November 2021. Book Blithe Spirit tickets here.

Saunders, returning as eccentric medium Madame Arcati, will be joined by other original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith.

The role of Elvira, played at the Duke of York’s Theatre by Emma Naomi, is still to be announced.

The production is directed by former National Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

The production started as a sell-out run at Theatre Royal Bath as part of its 2019 summer season, followed by a UK tour and a short run of just 12 performances at the Duke of York’s before it closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Written in 1941, Coward’s much-loved comedy follows Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth who are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, after she is inadvertently conjured up at a séance.

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