Running from Friday 14th June- Saturday 6th July, you can get your tickets here★★★★ “ENORMOU Blithe Spirit, our journal, is a Quarterly, with the cover dates of February, May, August and November to some extent reflecting the season just ended, i.e. âGeoffrey Streatfeild â(âSpooks, The Thick of It, Traitorsâ), âRichard Eyreâ, director of the National Theatre for ten years, winner of 5 Olivier Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award. His television productions have included William Boyd’s Restless. All rights reserved. The action throughout takes place in the living room of Charles Condomine’s house in Kent in the mid 1930’s. Hall said: “I always felt there was only one person in the world who could ever play her and that was Judi. Last modified on Sat 15 Jun 2019 20.45 BST. Hollywood studios competed to adapt it but Coward took the project instead to his friend David Lean . Richard Eyre has cast to perfection across the board.ââ, â â â â MAIL ON SUNDAY - ââCowardâs sublimely crafted dialogue. Richard Eyre’s deft production satisfyingly suggests an answer. The comic interplay of tensions between real and imaginary is touchingly personified in Jennifer Saunders’s Madame Arcati, her too, too solid, limb-jerking flesh striving to reach a spiritual plane but only connecting with an adenoidal child ghost with a head cold. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The shoot will take place at various UK locations, including a private art deco house and Cliveden, the National Trust’s Buckinghamshire estate. Geoffrey Streatfeild’s worldly Charles and Emma Naomi’s self-centred Elvira both seem shadowed by longings for a rose-tinted, unattainable past. Now the director of a new version of the film and one of its lead actors, Dame Judi Dench, feel that the “dark space” we are currently in provides another fittingly gloomy backdrop for the release of a production that they hope will lift people’s spirits. But it turned out to be a big hit, with a record run in the West End and then Broadway before being turned into a film four years later starring Rex Harrison. Blithe Spirit review – Richard Eyre's skilfully crafted revival. Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943. Seeking inspiration, he invites Madame Arcati to perform a séance in his home, only to realise that she has inadvertently summoned the spirit of his deceased first wife – the fiery Elvira, who tries to win back his affections, leading to an increasingly complex love triangle. Blithe Spirit, set in 1937, is one of Coward’s most-loved plays. Skilfully crafted performances help us appreciate how Coward builds his verbal and physical comedy of the ghost in the drawing room around grains of pain of loss. Fantastic reviews of Blithe Spirit at the Theatre Royal Bath. Hall said: “She loves the story, the character and Coward. Dench is one of Britain’s foremost actresses, whose roles have ranged from monarchs to M in the Bond films. I feel that the time is right to tell that story again to a broad audience because we’re in quite a dark space at the moment.”. Dench’s character, Madame Arcati, is described by Coward as “a striking woman, dressed not too extravagantly but with a decided bias towards the barbaric”. Home; Web Store; About; History; Past Shows; Audience Reviews; 220th Production. Her whimsical performance as the quirky clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, has delighted audiences and critics alike at the Theatre Royal Bathâs 2019 Summer Season. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth dreams of leaving London for Hollywood. Theatre Royal BathJennifer Saunders stars as Madame Arcati in this touching production of the Coward classic, Sun 23 Jun 2019 08.00 BST The new film will be released next year, marking the 75th anniversary of the original, which starred Margaret Rutherford alongside Rex Harrison. The idea is as silly and gossamer slight as Elvira’s shimmering, becomingly floaty dress. Lisa Dillon’s brittle Ruth battles in vain against that invisible foe - a lover’s past love. Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spiritâ, originally written in 1941 by NoÃ«l Coward, and is a wonderfully witty and scrupulously engineered comedy that was created to distract the public from the horrors of World War II. Blithe Spirit originally ran on the West End for a then-record 1,997 performances, starting in 1941. Enormous life affirming fun.ââ, â â â â DAILY TELEGRAPH - ââJennifer Saunders... a revelation. Blithe Spirit is a 1945 British fantasy-comedy film directed by David Lean. Book Tickets For Blithe Spirit At Duke of York's Theatre, London See The Blithe Spirit Theatre Show in London's West End. Performed 4th – 9th Nov 2019. Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th January 2019 A comedic veteran, âJennifer Saundersâ is well known and highly regarded for her sketch show âFrench and Saundersâ and her smash hit comedy, âAbsolutely Fabulousâ. “When the play opened in the West End in 1941, its subject-matter was, on some levels, quite dark because it was about ghosts, death and losing people,” said Edward Hall, the director of the latest incarnation of Blithe Spirit, which begins filming this week. The name of the journal was suggested by our first President, James Kirkup, as a tribute to the […] The Oscar-winning actress plays the eccentric mystic, Madame Arcati, who inadvertently conjures up the ghost of a jealous first wife, who is unaware that she is dead when she returns to haunt her scoundrel husband and his new partner. View Programme. So why does this dated, country-house comedy continue to haunt our stages and screens? Blithe Spirit , originally written in 1941 by Noël Coward, and is a wonderfully witty and scrupulously engineered comedy that was created to distract the public from the horrors of World War II.. Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, who appeared with Dench in Hay Fever, is cast as bestselling crime novelist Charles who suffers from terrible writer’s block in struggling with his first screenplay. The writer-producers, Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, have adapted Blithe Spirit with Piers Ashworth. Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 12.28 GMT. Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 08.28 EDT. Working with Dench is “extra special”, he said. Blithe Spirit Tour Dates, Concert Tickets 2019. Theatre Royal Bath ... Sun 23 Jun 2019 03.00 EDT. Designer âAnthony Wardââs numerous productions include Tony Award winning âMary Stuartâ and Olivier Award winning âOklahoma! The wartime comedy stars the iconic comedic actress, âJennifer Saundersâ. In 1941 when Britain was at the mercy of the Blitz, the staging of Noël Coward’s classic play Blithe Spirit, a comedy about death, was considered a risk. His late father, the director Sir Peter Hall, cast Dench in landmark productions such as Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as another Coward classic, Hay Fever. The screenplay by Lean, cinematographer Ronald Neame and associate producer Anthony Havelock-Allan is based on producer Noël Coward's 1941 play of the same name, the title of which is derived from the line "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Fortunately, she felt the same.”. 2019-2020 Blithe Spirit. Her ghost is only visible to Charles and she becomes determined to destroy everything about his current marriage. A fabulous Coward revival. Jennifer Saunders... a splendid Madame Arcati.ââ, The Ambassador Theatre Group LimitedRegistered Address: 2nd Floor,Alexander House,Church Path,Woking, GU21 6EJ, Tickets from Â£20.00 - Transaction fee Â£3.65, Â©Â ATG All rights reserved.Â Company Number: 2761052, Coronavirus: Information about suspended and rescheduled shows >Â >. Noël Coward’s 1941 play and its 1945 film version (about to be remade) are such perennial national spirit-raisers that it is no spoiler to say what happens next: Charles’s deceased wife, the beautiful, ever-young Elvira, returns and only Charles, it seems, can see or hear her, much to the exasperation of his second wife, Ruth. Jennifer SaundersLisa DillonGeoffrey Streatfeild, â â â â âSUNDAY EXPRESS - ââAbsolutely fabulous... comic gold. Glimpses of real emotions add bite to the absurdities of the situation. Available for everyone, funded by readers. Like us, she feels it is a great moment to cheer people up. Sat 15 Jun 2019 13.59 BST Other cast members include âLisa Dillonâ (âBBC 1âs Cranford)â as Ruth. Synopsis. Blithe Spirit, set in 1937, is one of Coward’s most-loved plays. Cast: Edith (a Maid) By Noel Coward. by Noel Coward. When Charles summons a psychic to perform a seance in his home so that he can observe the “tricks of the trade” and use them as the basis for his next novel, he gets more than he bargained for. Blithe Spirit . © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. the February issue contains a section of winter haiku, etc. All rights reserved. Hollywood studios competed to adapt it but Coward took the project instead to his friend David Lean. “But actually Coward wrote this wonderful comedy and it struck a vein. He has just stepped down as artistic director of the Hampstead theatre, London, where stage hits include Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical that was also a huge West End success, winning Olivier awards. Blithe Spiritâ is about Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are literally haunted by a past relationship when an overly eccentric medium, Madame Arcati,accidentally summons the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a sÃ©ance.