Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions have announced the West End return of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders.
After celebrating a sell-out run at Theatre Royal Bath as part of its 2019 summer season, a UK tour and a short run in London of just 12 performances before the country’s first lockdown curtailed its six-week run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in March 2020, this production now returns to the West End from 16 September to 6 November 2021 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Saunders will revive her role as the clairvoyant Madame Arcati. She is joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild who will star as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman and Rose Wardlaw as Edith. The production brings together a multi-award-winning creative team, directed by Eyre with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.
Written in 1941, Coward’s inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy proved light relief and a popular distraction at the height of the Second World War when it was first staged. The show had a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.