Harold Pinter Theatre

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Blithe Spirit

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4.7/5 - based on 85 reviews
  • Opens: Thursday, 16 September 2021
    Booking until: Saturday, 6 November 2021
  • Starring: Jennifer Saunders
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About Blithe Spirit

Performance Times
  • Opens: Thursday, 16 September 2021
    Booking until: Saturday, 6 November 2021
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

Jennifer Saunders

Blithe Spirit description

Blithe Spirit – Noel Coward's classic comedy is back in town!

Welcome to Blithe spirit, starring Jennifer Saunders, half of the comedy duo French and Saunders, for which she and Dawn French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009. Saunders also wrote and starred in Absolutely Fabulous. The award-winning actor delights us yet again in her role as the eccentric Medium Madame Arcati along with Geoffrey Streatfeild, Lisa Dillon, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson, and Rose Wardlaw. The fun is directed by Sir Richard Eyre, complete with an all-star cast and a legendary creative team.

What's the plot of Blithe Spirit?

Blithe Spirit was written by Noel Coward in 1941, while war roared across Europe and beyond. It was named after a line from the poem 'To a Skylark' by Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert.” There was a movie version in 1945, narrated by Coward and directed by David Lean. It was a huge hit, just like the play, and the story has been told numerous times in theatres across the world ever since. It remains hugely popular and always fills venues to the brim.

The plot? Author Charles Condomine is researching material for a mystery novel. He invites the awful fake Medium Madame Arcati to hold a séance in his home. While in a trance Madame Arcati accidentally summons the ghost of Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who only Charles can see. Elvira clearly wants her husband back despite his new wife Ruth. Things go rapidly downhill as a baffled Charles watches his dead wife and his living wife fight over him. Who will win? It's a brilliant ending!

Like all of Coward's plays Blithe Spirit is rich in beautifully crafted dialogue, perfectly observed, wonderfully sophisticated and, as always, hilariously funny and totally outrageous. Anthony Ward is the designer and Howard Harrison is the two-time Olivier winning lighting designer. John Leonard is the award-winning sound designer and Paul Kieve, the internationally renowned illusionist, creates the magic. Last but not least, Blithe Spirit is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean, and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions.

Who is Blithe Spirit for?

Blithe Spirit is recommended for people aged 12 or more.

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Blithe Spirit reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 85 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (72%)
Families (75%)
Teenagers (74%)
Couples (89%)
Theatregoers (96%)
Latest customer reviews
Anonymous

Show was entertaining and cast was delightful. Theatre was hot, stuffy which made it very uncomfortable, Angela Lansbury is still amazing and at 88!!

Reviewed on 16 July 2014 by

Anonymous
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Reviewed on 06 June 2014 by

Anonymous
I love Noel Coward and everytyhing he ever wrote, so I am prejudiced....

Reviewed on 06 June 2014 by

Anonymous
An excellent production

Angela Lansbury was a great Madame Arcarti, Elvira and Ruth made great ghosts

Reviewed on 06 June 2014 by

Anonymous
A Theatre goer from afar

We come to London seldom, living in the Midlands. The show was fine nothing outstanding. We came to see Angela Lansbury and were not disappointed, although I did prefer Margaret Rutherford. Old Theatre, very modern in Leicester for half the price

Reviewed on 05 June 2014 by

Anonymous
A special night

Loved every minute of the show. Beautiful old theatre , magnificent sets, super acting, in fact it didn't feel like acting it was so natural one felt as though sitting in their lounge. Fantastic dialogue, timing of all actors and all the small gestures were superb. The final scene just cracked me up . Never laughed at a show so much. Angela Landsbury was a stand out.

Reviewed on 03 June 2014 by

Anonymous
Spoilt by sound

This show was spoilt by the lack of sound. I did not hear a word that the actors said but was following the written 'autocue' all evening so I could not watch the actors at the same time. The sound production was very bad as there did not appear to be any microphones on stage and the 'autocue' did not keep up with what was being said. I know my husband & I were in the Grand Circle (and we are in our 70's) but we have never experienced such poor quality sound and it really spoilt the evening.

Reviewed on 01 June 2014 by

Anonymous
Absolutely charming

Noel Coward's play stood the rest of time. The cast was wonderful, Their timing pitch perfect. Angela Lamsbury was a delight . She still has it.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Great night out

Reviewed on 30 May 2014 by

Anonymous
A must see!!!

The acting was superb. Angela Lansbury was a delight at 88 years of age. Her comedic parts brought laughter and applause from the audience. A must see

Reviewed on 29 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Fantastic show

Even 3 rows from the back we still had excellent sight of the actors; expressions

Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Show was great

Sadly we had two extra tickets which the theatre would not buy back. Rather resold Them and made double Money off of us. I am very disturbed that the seats we paid for were full and we were not able to Sell ours back. Shame

Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Sublime Spirit

Totally awesome - fabulous writing by Coward was to be expected, as was exquisite stagecraft by Ms Lansbury, but all the cast played difficult roles brilliantly. Look out particularly for Ms Rooper's initial interaction with the new ghost on the block, and savour every second of Charles' final 'conversation' with the set! Could watch it again and again Sublime

Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by

Anonymous
"Go Angela!"

Visiting from the states and long time fans of Angela Lansbury-loved the play - all the actors were fantastic -a wonderful experience. Came to London to visit my great grandfather's windmill in Brixton. Audrey Ashby Webb

Reviewed on 26 May 2014 by

Anonymous
very enjoyable

Lovely theatre great show and to see angela lansbury on stage was great

Reviewed on 25 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Lansbury brilliant - rest Amateur Dramatics ... and Edith!?????

Massively disappointed! Angela Lansbury was wonderful and without her - it would have been a village hall production that was just all a bit painful to watch with lines being fluffed left, right and centre and wooden performances.

Reviewed on 25 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Blithe Spirit

very professional actors, very funny, Angela Lansbury was absolutely brilliant especially going into her 'trance'. she is my favourite actress, a definite 'must see' for all.

Reviewed on 25 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Great time had by all

Wonderful

Reviewed on 24 May 2014 by

Anonymous
life begins at 80

Reviewed on 23 May 2014 by

Anonymous

Excellent good perfomances very funny would recommend it

Reviewed on 20 May 2014 by

Anonymous

Really enjoyed the show - Angela Landsbury is of course magnificent!

Reviewed on 18 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Travel for theatre

Came 3000 miles to see Angela Lansbury in this show. Wouldn't you!

Reviewed on 17 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Absolutely wonderful

Blithe Spirit was a delight from start to finish. Angela Lansbury was absolutely superb as was the rest of the cast, and the ambience in the theatre was fantastic. One really felt how much all the staff appreciates her and loves her. A fantastic evening. Thank you!

Reviewed on 11 May 2014 by

Anonymous
great fun performance

Loved every minute of it but ai have to admit my knees starting to wake up 3/4 through due to the lack of space between the seats for leg movements.

Reviewed on 11 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Fantastic!

'Blithe Spirit' what a fantastic play, another classic by Noël Coward!! Loved it, very funny and Angela Lansbury is such a legend! Great cast!!

Reviewed on 11 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Blithe Spirit

Angela Landsbury was remarkable, all the more so for the energy and sharpness at the grand age of 88. The play itself is no masterpiece but a good story with comedy. The other cast members were all accomplished actors, the direction was good. It was enjoyable.

Reviewed on 04 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Good evening's entertainment

Even though the play is old, the story and humour really work well. Beware: ladies; toilets at this theatre are totally inadequate..

Reviewed on 04 May 2014 by

Anonymous
Pettals delight

Delightful show - Angela Lansbury was truly excellent as Madam Arcati. The rest of the cast were also excellent.

Reviewed on 29 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Great Experience

A must see as all actors are brilliant which made an enjoyable evening all round Angle Lansbury Magnificent

Reviewed on 29 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Top Show

Brilliant,funny & the actors were 1st class

Reviewed on 24 April 2014 by

Anonymous
An American looks at English theatre

Love Angela Lansbury

Reviewed on 24 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Delightful night at the theater

Reviewed on 23 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Fun play

Reviewed on 22 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Great Show!

Took my sister and my mother to see this show as a Easter treat. This was a good choice as it didn't disappoint. It was an extremely enjoyable show. All the actors were very good and their comic timing impeccable. Angela Lansbury was excellent.

Reviewed on 21 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Fabulous Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury

Reviewed on 20 April 2014 by

Anonymous
For OAP'S

I thought it was boring & too long, 2 1/2 hours long

Reviewed on 20 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Fantastic

Angela Lansbury is a real must to see, fantastic acting, very funny.

Reviewed on 18 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Awesome!

Hilarious with brilliant performances Angela Landsbury is magnificent!

Reviewed on 15 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Pure enjoyment

Reviewed on 15 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Brilliant

Reviewed on 15 April 2014 by

Anonymous
A show for all ages

Reviewed on 14 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Dame Angela Lansbury heads up a great cast.

I loved this show. Noel Coward's writing is entertaining and funny. All of the cast is incredible, but Angela Lansbury proves that she's still got it... and some. Not many "bad" places to sit, but I was centered towards the back in the stalls and the view was perfect.

Reviewed on 13 April 2014 by

Anonymous
A Thoroughly Enjoyable, Amusing Evening

Re-seeing this N.Coward play with the Thirties mannerisms & witty dialogue nostalgic of parents' generation attitudes, mannerisms and opinions.

Reviewed on 11 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Entertaining

Brilliant commedyall the actors were very good, Angela Lansbury terrific!

Reviewed on 10 April 2014 by

Anonymous
For a Good Time in London See Blithe Spirit

Reviewed on 07 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Spirited Entertainment

Excellent show, excellent cast, something to cheer you up.

Reviewed on 06 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Spirited Entertainment

Reviewed on 06 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Polished classic hits bullseye...

Coward's play remains remarkably fresh when performed as beautifully as this. . of course Angela Lansbury does not disappoint, with a glorious performance as Mme Arcati, but she does not eclipse a very strong cast who play Coward's clever lok at spiritualism and fractured marriages to the hilt. Wonderful fun. !

Reviewed on 06 April 2014 by

Anonymous
AL Rocks

show was hilarious with great cast

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by

Anonymous
Well worth seeing

Enthralling and captivating throughout. Excellent acting performances.

Reviewed on 01 April 2014 by

Anonymous
safe theatre

A partisan audience had their expectations confirmed.

Reviewed on 29 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Great Comedy - better than a farce!

Very very clever and very very funny - you won't be sad you went!

Reviewed on 28 March 2014 by

Anonymous
superstar in west end

that is what show business is all about a special event

Reviewed on 24 March 2014 by

Anonymous
superstar in west end

that is what show business is all about a special event

Reviewed on 24 March 2014 by

Anonymous
hilarious

Very good acting, Angela Lansbury was brilliant!!!

Reviewed on 16 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Blithe

Reviewed on 09 March 2014 by

Anonymous
March 8th

Excellent real escapism. Noel Cowrd at his best and superbly acted. Angela's is remarkable.

Reviewed on 09 March 2014 by

Anonymous
March 8th

Reviewed on 09 March 2014 by

Anonymous
Amazing acting!

Reviewed on 05 March 2014 by

Anonymous
great show

Jemima Rooper is fabulous!

Reviewed on 05 March 2014 by

Anonymous
very very good having seen the old movies this match up very well

Reviewed on 04 March 2014 by

01 Jun
2021
London Box Office

Blithe Spirit – 2021 West End Dates

by London Box Office | Tuesday, June 1 2021, 12:32

Blithe Spirit Update for Blithe Spirit at the Harold Pinter Theatre

The brilliantly funny Jennifer Saunders is back for the West End production of the Noel Coward comedy that never fades. It's just as funny, just as eccentric as ever, and this time around it's directed by Sir Richard Eyre. The show is on stage from 16th September 2021 to 6th November 2021, and Saunders is joined by a glittering cast.

Blithe Spirit – 2021 West End Dates
27 Feb
2020
Josephine Balfour-Oatts

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by Josephine Balfour-Oatts | Thursday, February 27 2020, 09:26

Blithe SpiritJennifer Saunders is set to take the West End by storm in less than two weeks time. Starring in Blithe Spirit, the production is just one of three sensational shows to be staged at the Duke Of York's over the coming months.

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