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Closed March 15, 2015

"It is a joy to once again step into the role of Madame Arcati, and bring Noel Coward's classic comedy Blithe Spirit to wonderful audiences here in North America who have supported me for over seven decades."

Dame Angela Lansbury

Why See Blithe Spirit?


Angela Lansbury takes her wonderful turn as medium Madame Arcati on tour!

On the trail of the occult for a new novel, socialite Charles Condomine finds himself messing with the wrong kind of supernatural beings when he enlists the eccentric Madame Arcati, a medium, to help with a seance. But the hapless Madame Arcati unknowingly summons the spirit of Charles' ex-wife, the vengeful Elvira and she is none to impress with being back on this mortal coil...

Opening on London's West End in 1941, Noel Coward wasn't sure about the welcome it would receive. Would the public be ready for a darkly comic farce about ghosts in the midst of the war? But he needn't have worried; the mischievous Blithe Spirit was a hit, with its typical Coward wit and wisdom. Now with the imitable Angela Lansbury at the helm as the hilarious Madame Arcati, this ghostly comedy will do more than just send shivers down your spine!


harles Condomine wants to write a book on ghouls and ghosts and the occult, but ends up getting far more than he bargained for when he invites a medium, Madame Arcati to host a seance in his house for material. But that's when his angry ex-wife Elvira makes contact from the other side, not at all pleased to see that Charles has moved on, marrying Ruth...

Making sure only Charles can see her, she starts a series of troublesome events, starting harmless, but eventually becoming potentially life threatening. Its up to Charles and Madame Arcati to exorcize the troublesome spook, and fast!


Blithe Spirit has been reincarnated as both a film, starring the dreamy Rex Harrison and as a musical, High Spirits, opening on Broadway in 1964.

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Opening night: 11 February 2015


Suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Dame Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati
Charles Edwards as Charles Condomine
Jemima Rooper as Elvira
Charlotte Parry as Ruth Condomine
Susan Louise O'Connor as Edith
Sandra Shipley as Mrs Bradman
Simon Jones as Dr Bradman


Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Michael Blakemore
Designs by Simon Higglett
Miss Lansbury's Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design by Mark Jonathan
Sound Design by Ben & Max Ringham

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2 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

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Stephen: “Incedible show”

Thoroughly enjoyed this quick, witty and hilarious production. The cast... more

Susanne Mitchell: “Really is Gobsmacking. ”

The tickets were a Birthday gift for my husband because we love Angela... more

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