The psychology of Blithe Spirit snaps convincingly into place in Richard Eyre’s production while at the same time it fully utilises every opportunity to make the audience laugh.
The pace of the cast members’ dialogue and interaction with each other is almost always spot on in Blithe Spirit.
Here’s our guide to some of the familiar faces that you can expect to see on stage this year…
With a new year fast approaching, it is an interesting time to reflect on small changes across the theatre landscape in 2019 that will continue to shape how UK theatre will look as it moves into a new decade.
Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her starring role as Deloris Van Cartier for the first time on stage with Jennifer Saunders as Mother Superior in a newly adapted production of Sister Act.
Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders, will return next year for a UK tour followed by a strictly limited six-week engagement at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre following a celebrated reception at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this summer.
It’s is not going to change your life but for a chance to see a national treasure and to wallow away from the pressures of the real world for a couple of hours, Blithe Spirit ticks all the boxes.
If I could look into Madame Arcati’s crystal ball I think I would see a West End transfer on the cards for Richard Eyre’s playful production of Blithe Spirit.
Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, has announced further productions and new casting for the 2019 programme. Katherine Parkinson joins Rupert Everett in the cast of Uncle Vanya which he also directs.
The real delight in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville is in the detail. As the Oscar Wilde season rolls elegantly on, it is Kathy Burke’s mischievous, witty direction (and wise pruning of some overlong Wilde persiflage) which brings this tale back to life.
It has taken more than 20 years but Jennifer Saunders this week returned to the West End stage to make her mark in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The announcement of the new cast for Broadway’s hugely lauded Hello, Dolly! has been a most strange affair – names trickling out one by one, rather than one big splash.
Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders will star in Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Kathy Burke, the second offering in the year-long Oscar Wilde season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.