PRIOR TO WEST END
Lisa Dillon Emma Naomi Geoffrey Streatfeild
Simon Coates Lucy Robinson Rose Wardlaw
by Noël Coward
Directed by Richard Eyre
Designed by Anthony Ward Lighting Designed by Howard Harrison
Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK’s most popular comic actresses. Her gleefully funny performance as the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, delighted both critics and audiences alike when the production opened in Theatre Royal Bath’s 2019 Summer Season. With a distinguished creative team who have won a plethora of awards between them, this is a Blithe Spirt full of sparkling and spirit-lifting hijinks.
Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium – Madame Arcati – 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.
Jennifer Saunders is much loved for the sketch show French and Saunders, for which she and Dawn French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009, and for the hit comedy series and subsequent film, Absolutely Fabulous, which she both starred in and wrote.
‘Absolutely fabulous… comic gold. Jennifer Saunders is a delight’ Sunday Express
‘Jennifer Saunders… brilliantly funny. Enormous life affirming fun’ Times
‘Jennifer Saunders… a revelation. A fabulous Coward revival. Richard Eyre has cast to perfection across the board’ Daily Telegraph
‘Jennifer Saunders gives a brilliantly physical display of comic clowning’ Sunday Times
‘Coward’s sublimely crafted dialogue. Jennifer Saunders…a splendid Madam Arcati’ Mail on Sunday
Daily Mail ****
Sunday Express ****
Wed 22 – Sat 25 January
Monday 27th Jan – Sat 1 Feb
Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb
Mon 10 – Sat 15 Feb
Mon 17 – Sat 22 Feb
Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb