Noel Coward’s plays are renowned for their witty flamboyance and sophisticated style, and “Blithe Spirit” is among his best. It originally opened in 1941, ran for 1 997 consecutive performances in wartime London, with Noel Coward in the leading role.
The play tells the story of Charles Condomine, a successful novelist who wishes to learn about the occult simply for a novel he is writing. He arranges for an eccentric medium, Madam Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. The outcome of this is the inadvertent summoning of Charles’ first wife Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. One can only imagine the consequences, what with Charles being the only one to see Elvira and his present wife, Ruth, being desperate to get rid of this first wife (who she cannot see – but in weird and wonderful ways, is aware of her presence). This unusual and amusing “ghost” story has a twist in the tale (which is played out in Coward’s usual elegant and witty style.)
“Blithe Spirit” is directed by Barbara Basel who is a lecturer in English Literature and Communication. She has directed many shows in Pretoria and this is her second production for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.
The show runs from Friday 12 to Saturday 20 October (excluding Sunday to Wednesday). Tickets are R55 for Thursday evening and matinees and R65 for other evenings. (Masque Theatre Club Members enjoy a R10 discount) Week nights are at 8pm and Saturdays at 2.30 and 6.30pm. Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 (between 9.30 and 4pm during the week and 9.30 and 12 noon on the Saturdays during the run of the show). Bookings may also be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org