Charmed star joins cast of returning Blithe Spirit

Madeleine Mantock, the star of US TV series Charmed, is joining the revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit in London alongside Jennifer Saunders

Madeleine Mantock
Madeleine Mantock is joining a cast including Jennifer Saunders and Geoffrey Streatfeild in Blithe Spirit. Photo (right): Johan Persson

The returning West End revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, has found its new Elvira: Madeleine Mantock.

She will take over the role of the troublesome first wife in the production co-starring Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Lisa Dillon at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from 16 September to 6 November 2021.

The production was originally staged at Theatre Royal Bath ahead of a UK tour and then at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. It was halted in March 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The new run will also see the return of Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson and Rose Wardlaw.

Saunders plays clairvoyant Madame Arcati alongside Streatfeild as Charles Condomine and Dillon as his second wife, Ruth Condomine.

Mantock has most recently starred as witch Macy Vaughn in the rebooted US TV supernatural series Charmed and has appeared in other US TV series such as The Tomorrow People where she played Astrid.

Other credits include the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song and the film Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise. She started her career as nurse Scarlett Conway in BBC continuing drama Casualty.

The revival of Blithe Spirit is directed by Richard Eyre, with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

TICKETS FOR BLITHE SPIRIT AT THE HAROLD PINTER THEATRE ARE NOW ON SALE

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