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 Spirit full of sparkling and spirit-lifting hijinks.

The production can still be seen in London’s West End in 2021!

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.


Playwright: Noel Coward
Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Emma Naomi, Lisa Dillon, Geoffrey Streatfield

Praise for Blithe Spirit

“Absolutely fabulous… comic gold. Jennifer Saunders is a delight.”
Sunday Express

“Jennifer Saunders… brilliantly funny. Enormous life-affirming fun.”
The Times

“Jennifer Saunders… a revelation. A fabulous Coward revival. Richard Eyre has cast to perfection across the board.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Jennifer Saunders gives a brilliantly physical display of comic clowning.”
The Sunday Times

“Coward’s sublimely crafted dialogue. Jennifer Saunders… a splendid Madame Arcati.”
The Mail on Sunday

The Daily Mail

The Observer