Blithe Spirit

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Apollo Theatre (London, )
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
London,
Running Time
2 hours and 30 minutes
Schedule
Monday through Saturday at 7:30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm
Price
20-49.50
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Blithe Spirit opened in 1941 when it played for over 2,000 performances and hugely raised wartime spirits. It has been one of the world's favourite comedies ever since. Its razor-sharp wit and wonderful characters have continued to raise spirits both in the audience and on stage. Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles's neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance.

They have assumed the preposterous Madame Arcati is a fraud who will simply entertain their dinner guests with a little chicanery and supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel. But when Elvira appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life - and the afterlife - begin to get complicated.

Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones in DRIVING MISS DAISY Heading to Theaters This June
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

With esteemed careers spanning 60 to 70 years long, actors Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will bring the magic of the stage to movie theaters across the country this June. (more...)

Merlin Productions Presents World Premiere of THE DIORAMA, 5/28-6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Merlin Productions presents THE DIORAMA a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone, directed by David S. Stone with preview performances beginning May 28th prior to an official press opening of May 30th at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. (more...)

Tony Winner Christine Ebersole Will Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 6/14-15
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

After a sold-out engagement last September, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street) returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her newest concert, 'Strings Attached," for two performances only - Saturday, June 14 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, June 15 (7 p.m.). Joined by The Aaron Weinstein Trio, Ebersole will celebrate the release of her recent CD, 'Strings Attached.' The evening will include classic standards from the '20s, '30s and '40s, featuring songs by such legends as Fats Waller ("Jitterbug Waltz"), Cole Porter ("Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"), Johnny Mercer ("This Time the Dream's on Me") and George Gershwin ("Shall We Dance") to name a few. Tickets for Christine Ebersole range in price from $60 - $85 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Trailer - Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in DRIVING MISS DAISY, Coming to Theaters in June!
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2014

With esteemed careers spanning 60 to 70 years long, actors Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will bring the magic of the stage to movie theaters across the country this June. Screenvision and Broadway Near You have partnered to make the stage production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Driving Miss Daisy available in more than 500 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 4. Click below to watch a trailer for the production! (more...)

Bianca Amato and James Waterston Will Lead Shakespeare Theatre's PRIVATE LIVES, 5/29-7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Noel Coward's fast-talking comedy of manners Private Lives will close the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2013-2014 Season. Directed by Maria Aitken (2009-2010 Season's As You Like It), Private Lives enjoyed wild success at the Huntington Theatre Company in 2012, being deemed 'a diamond-sharp production' (The Boston Globe) and will find a home at the Lansburgh Theatre from May 29-July 13, 2014 (450 7th Street NW). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Pittsburgh (more...)

VIDEO: James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines Talk DRIVING MISS DAISY Coming to Movie Theaters
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2014

Broadway actors James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about their theatrical production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' heading to movie screens across the country this June. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Merlin Productions' THE DIORAMA, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Merlin Productions presents THE DIORAMA a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone, directed by David S. Stone, opening tonight, May 30th at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

PICT Theatre Opens Season with BLITHE SPIRIT Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

PICT Theatre's Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford has selected a bold assortment of classic plays for PICT's 18th season, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Each play contains its own version of wickedness, with the Noel Coward classic Blithe Spirit opening the season tonight, May 3rd (May 1 and 2 previews.) (more...)

European Arts Company Launches UK Tour of THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

European Arts Company is set to tour to 43 venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a new show about the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde. The Trials of Oscar Wilde has been co-written with Merlin Holland who is Oscar Wilde's grandson and author of 'Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde'. (more...)

THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE to Play Special Performance to Benefit Stonewall, June 15
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

European Arts Company in association with Greenwich Theatre are delighted to announce a special charity performance of European Arts Company's critically acclaimed production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde in aid of the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall. (more...)

Bianca Amato and James Waterston Lead Shakespeare Theatre's PRIVATE LIVES, Now thru 7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Noel Coward's fast-talking comedy of manners Private Lives will close the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2013-2014 Season. Directed by Maria Aitken (2009-2010 Season's As You Like It), Private Lives enjoyed wild success at the Huntington Theatre Company in 2012, being deemed 'a diamond-sharp production' (The Boston Globe) and will find a home at the Lansburgh Theatre from tonight, May 29-July 13, 2014 (450 7th Street NW). (more...)

Merlin Productions Presents World Premiere of THE DIORAMA, Now thru 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Merlin Productions presents THE DIORAMA a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone, directed by David S. Stone with preview performances beginning today, May 28th prior to an official press opening of May 30th at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. (more...)

Noel Coward's HAY FEVER Begins Previews at Stratford Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Last season, the Stratford Festival staged a wildly popular production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit; this season, another Coward classic will be presented at the Avon Theatre, the outrageously witty Hay Fever. Directed by Alisa Palmer, this hilarious comedy began previews on Wednesday and officially opens on Thursday, June 19. (more...)

PICT's WAITING FOR GODOT to Offer Many Welcome Returns to the Stage, 6/4-21
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

When Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford was planning the 2014 PICT season, Managing Director Stephanie Riso suggested the addition of the Beckett classic Waiting for Godot. She knew Alan had a special relationship with this particular work of Beckett, having portrayed Pozzo for the Gate Theatre Dublin's touring production for more than twenty years. (more...)

BLITHE SPIRIT to Close Raleigh Little Theatre's 2013-14 Season; TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Up Next
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The final play in RLT's 2013-14 season is Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, opening on June 6th in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. The play is directed by Tony Lea, making his directorial debut at RLT. (more...)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre to Present WOMAN IN MIND, 13-28 June
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Dundee Rep Ensemble present Woman In Mind by Alan Ayckbourn, and directed by Marilyn Imrie. Performances run Friday 13 to Saturday 28 June. Press Night: Tuesday 17 June, 7pm. (more...)

Clear Space Theatre Company to Host JUST GIVING Cabaret Event, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Amidst its bustling spring calendar, Clear Space Theatre Company is set to welcome back three former members of their Acting Company for a one night only performance. Schyler Conaway, Michael Matthias, and Dana Peragallo, who all relocated from Sussex County to New York City nearly two years ago, will take to the Clear Space stage on Saturday, May 10th. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Open 2014 Season with A SONG AT TWILIGHT, 4/29-5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2014 Season with Noel Coward's witty and poignant tale, 'A Song at Twilight,' directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, April 29 - May 17, a co-production with Hartford Stage where it ran earlier this year. Celebrating its 84th season, Westport Country Playhouse was recently named Theater Company of the Year by The Wall Street Journal. (more...)

GLEE's Chris Colfer to Play Noel Coward in Upcoming Biopic
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

GLEE's Chris Colfer is set to star as British playwright, composer and director Noel Coward in an upcoming biopic to be titled NOEL. (more...)

BLITHE SPIRIT to Close Raleigh Little Theatre's 2013-14 Season; TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Up Next
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

The final play in RLT's 2013-14 season is Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, opening on June 6th in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. The play is directed by Tony Lea, making his directorial debut at RLT. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Noel Coward Comedy Delivers Social Snobbery Satire, 7/11-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2014

SOCIAL snobbery in all its guises comes to the fore in Melville Theatre's latest production, as old views of British society clash with contemporary attitudes of American culture. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/5/14 - Tonys Pop-Up Shop, All-Asian OLIVER!, Kenneth Branagh & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 5, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The Tony Awards are fast approaching and BWW will be bringing you an inside look at rehearsals, plus performances at the Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop today. The Interfaith Awards Gala is tonight, NAAP's all-Asian OLIVER! begins performances, Kenneth Branagh makes his NY stage debut and more! (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Angela Lansbury Honored in Special Cabaret at Cafe de Paris
by Darren Bell - Jun 4, 2014

The cast of West End's Blithe Spirit performed a special cabaret in honor of Angela Lansbury at the Cafe de Paris, directed by Michael Blakemore. Featured performers included Janie Dee, Charles Edwards, Simon Jones, and Jemima Rooper. (more...)

Angela Lansbury 'Likes the Idea' of Doing THE CHALK GARDEN
by Jillian Gaier - Jun 4, 2014

88-year-old Angela Lansbury does not seem to be retiring from the stage anytime soon. The Broadway vet may be set to take her final bow as Madame Arcati in West End's Blithe Spirit this weekend, but she has already expressed interest in taking on Enid Bagnold's THE CHALK GARDEN as her next project. 'I like the idea of doing Enid Bagnold's THE CHALK GARDEN,' she told the Telegraph. 'Now that is an interesting play. I also rather fancy the idea of a Restoration comedy.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS Celebrates Broadway with Tony Award Winners at The Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 3, 2014

Just last night, award-winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy celebrated Broadway with a roster of Tony Award winners on her Multi MAC award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, at New York's wonderfully-appointed cabaret The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street ~ btw. 5th & 6th Avenues). (more...)

Matthew Crowle, Kathryn Markey & More to Star in The Playhouse's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 6/17-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced casting for the production of the new Mel Brooks Broadway Young Frankenstein (June 17 - 28, 2014). Young Frankenstein features a book by three-time Tony Award-winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. (more...)

Summer Stages: Vermont's Summer Season Offers Something for Everyone
by Erin McIntyre - Jun 3, 2014

The performing arts come alive in Vermont during the summer months, and this year's season promises to be an exciting one. Vermont's summer theater venues are as varied as its productions. Both Unadilla Theater (Marshfield, VT) and QuarryWorks (Adamant, VT) offer an intimate theater-going experience in a picturesque setting where pre-show picnicking is encouraged. For live theater in one of Vermont's beautiful historic spaces, try Stowe Theatre Guild (Town Hall Theatre; Stowe, VT) or Lamoille County Players (Hyde Park Opera House; Hyde Park, VT). Lost Nation Theater (Montpelier, VT), Saint Michael's Playhouse (Colchester, VT), and Weston Playhouse (Weston, VT) routinely bring in top-notch professional performers from across the country. Each of these theaters has a full summer/fall season: (more...)

First Look - Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones in Poster for DRIVING MISS DAISY, Coming to Theaters
by Movies News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Broadway's Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones' recent production of DRIVING MISS DAISY is heading to movie screens across the country this Wednesday, June 4. Below, check out just released poster art for the film! (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe to Bring HAMLET to Folger Theatre, July 25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The London-based Shakespeare's Globe will bring their global touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Folger Theatre for three performances only on July 25 and 26, 2014, making it the only east coast stop for the company in the United States. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production is a fresh, pared-down version of the classic tragedy of deferred revenge. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's HAY FEVER
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 26, 2014

Following up on the success of last season's production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, the Stratford Festival is presenting another Noel Coward favourite this year. HAY FEVER recently opened at the Avon Theatre, and judging from the raucous laughter it produced from the opening night audience, it is likely to be a hit among theatre-goers this season. (more...)

Playwright Marina Carr Headed to Pittsburgh for PICT's WOMAN AND THE SCARECROW, 7/7-14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Marina Carr's play Woman and Scarecrow is a perfect embodiment of the bittersweet humor and comical tragedy that pervades the plays of the Irish, much like PICT's production Waiting for Godot that closed June 21. Alan Stanford will direct this third play in PICT's season, which he selected "because of its delicate investigation of the one event in our lives that we all share. The leaving of it." (more...)

COVER to Play MITF, 7/15-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The love that dare not speak its name becomes exactly that in Bill McMahon's heart-tugging work Cover, a play which examines the fault lines found in even the most committed relationships. Produced by Tony Award-winning producer Jim Kierstead and directed by Paul J. Michael, Cover will be performed Tuesday, July 15 at 6pm, Thursday, July 17 at 7:45pm, Saturday, July 26 at 4:15pm, Sunday, July 27 at 7pm, Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, July 29 at 6pm at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, located at 312 West 36th Street. (more...)

THIS WAS A MAN to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 15 July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims & Walton Wilson to Star in Berkshire Theatre Group's BENEFACTORS, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn's Benefactors, a summer stages critic's pick by The New York Times at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening Night is July 12 at 8pm. Preview performances begin on July 9 at 7pm and the production closes July 26 at 8pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Angela Lansbury Chats DRIVING MISS DAISY, Coming to Movie Theaters 6/4
by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2014

Broadway's Angela Lansbury just sat for a special Q&A in the UK to talk about her recent production of DRIVING MISS DAISY, in which she starred oppoiste James Earl Jones. The play is heading to movie screens across the country this Wednesday, June 4. Check out Lansbury's appearance below! (more...)

RLT's BLITHE SPIRIT Opens 6/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit opens this Friday, June 6th in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. This will be RLT's second production of the play, most recently produced in the 1945-46 season. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre Presents Shaw's THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents George Bernard Shaw's Revolutionary War dramaThe Devil's Disciple. Just in time for the Fourth of July and the 350th anniversary of New Jersey's charter, The Devil's Disciple celebrates the spirit and honor of the everyday people who fought for our nation's independence. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RLT's BLITHE SPIRIT is Simply Delightful
by Larisa Mount - Jun 16, 2014

Raleigh Little Theatre closes its very diverse and entertaining season with a 'haunting' comedy in Blithe Spirit, currently playing through next weekend. (more...)

Saint Michael's Playhouse to Present YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 6/17-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the opening of the Playhouse's 2014 summer theater season with the new Mel Brooks Broadway Young Frankenstein (June 17 - 28, 2014). Young Frankenstein features a book by three-time Tony Award-winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. Young Frankenstein, directed by Keith Andrews with music direction by Thomas Cleary, will feature Matthew Crowle as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Kathryn Markey as Frau Blucher, Christian Kohn as the Monster, Abby Lee as Elizabeth, Brett Figel as Igor, Ashley McKay as Inga, Bill Carmichael as Inspector Kemp/Hermit, and Zachary Pesner as Ziggy. The ensemble includes Eugenio Contenti, Shelby Davis, Danielle Diniz, Antoinette DiPietropolo, Ian Frazier, Christopher Holloway, Kate Kramitz, Kevin Metzger, Vincent Ortega, and Chelsey Whitelock. (more...)

Chichester's Festival Theatre Reopens With AMADEUS, Starring Rupert Everett, Jul 12-Aug 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Chichester's Festival Theatre reopens in July with a new production of Amadeus, featuring West End and Hollywood star Rupert Everett alongside acclaimed young actor Joshua McGuire. (more...)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Opens WOMAN IN MIND Tomorrow, June 13-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Dundee Rep Ensemble present Woman In Mind by Alan Ayckbourn, and directed by Marilyn Imrie. The production opens tomorrow June 13 and runs through Saturday 28 June. Press Night: Tuesday 17 June, 7pm. (more...)

Gift Theatre to Host 2015 Season Release Bash 6/29 in the Fischman Backlot
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

This summer, The Gift Theatre debuts an annual artist-friendly fundraiser it's calling The Season Release Bash, targeting friends and colleagues in the theater community. (more...)

Davenport Theatrical Announces 3rd Annual 10-Minute Play Contest; Submission Deadline 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Broadway Producer Ken Davenport (author of the popular blog, The Producer's Perspective) announces The 3rd Annual 10 Minute Play Contest! 10 original plays will be selected from submissions to be featured in a presentation evening and vie for the title of 'Best Play' as chosen by a panel of industry professionals. Finalists will receive a cash prize of $50 and the grand prize winner will receive $500. (more...)

Susan Louise O'Connor to Lead Readings of Wild Root Company's PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

The Wild Root Company, a New York City-based production endeavor committed to cultivating new works from emerging playwrights and screenwriters, will present two free industry readings of Topher Payne's timely new comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENTon Thursday June 19, 2014 at 3:00 and 7:30 pm at The Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club. Linda Lombardi, who helmed the play's critically acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at The Source Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013, will direct. The Wild Root Company will produce the readings in association with Sean Hudock, Rocco Natale and Thatcher Stevens. (more...)

Rooper and Outhwaite To Star In BREEDERS At St James, From Sept 3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Casting is announced today for Breeders, a new comedy by Olivier-nominated and BAFTA long-listed writer Ben Ockrent, premiering on Wednesday 3 September at St. James Theatre. (more...)

The Nora Theatre Company produces Bryony Lavery's HER ACHING HEART, 7/10-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2014

The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present Bryony Lavery's Her Aching Heart. The production includes original music composed for this production by Veronica Barron. The piece will be the Boston directorial debut for Lee Mikeska Gardner who was appointed Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company in November 2013 following a national search. The press performance is Monday, July 14 at 7:30PM. (more...)

Cast Announced for Noel Coward's THIS WAS A MAN at Finborough Theatre from July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper & More Will Join Josh Young in World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE in Chicago this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced additional principal casting for the world premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the new musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippas' The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). (more...)

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