Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions have announced the return of Sir Richard Eyre’s production of the Noel Coward comedy.  

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It has been announced that Jennifer Saunders will reprise her role as clairvoyant Madame Arcati, when Richard Eyre’s production returns to the West End from the 16th September.

The production had originally played at the Theatre Royal Bath as part of its 2019 Summer season, before 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. it will now play at the Harold Pinter for an eight week run until the 6th November.

Jennifer Saunders will be joined in the cast by the production’s original cast members including: 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.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.

As well as being directed by Richard Eyre, the creative team behind Blithe Spirit includes: design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

Blithe Spirit will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 16th September until the 6th November.