Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward
With a supernatural start, we are launching Season 78 with the classic Noel Coward play, Blithe Spirit. The ghost of a dead wife, seances, mediums, and hilarity ensue!
Blithe Spirit runs
Sept 21 - Oct 8, 2023
$20 Preview Sept 21 8pm
Thur - Sat Evenings | 8pm
Sunday Matinee | 2:30pm
Adults | $28
Senior (+60) & Youth (-18) | $24
White Rock Players' Club is a non-profit, volunteer based community theatre
A bit about the play...
Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward, described by the author as "an improbable farce in three acts". The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his wilful and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
The play was first seen in the West End in 1941 and ran for 1,997 performances, a new record for a non-musical play in London. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. The play was adapted for the cinema in 1945; a second film version followed in 2020. Coward directed a musical adaptation, High Spirits, seen on Broadway and in the West End in 1964. Radio and television presentations of the play have been broadcast in Britain and the US from 1944 onward. It continues to be revived in the West End, on Broadway and elsewhere.
"Blithe Spirit" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com