Sir Richard Eyre’s production will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 16th September.
It has been announced that Madeleine Mantock (The Long Song, Casualty, The Tomorrow People, Age Before Beauty and Into the Badlands) will be making her West End debut as Elvira in Richard Eyre’s production of Noel Coward’s comedy when it heads to the stage next month.
She joins the previously announced Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati, 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.
This production of Blithe Spirit 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.
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.
The creative team behind this production includes: design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.