Blithe Spirit

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About The Show

Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Michael Blakemore
Location: Shubert Theatre
First Preview: Feb 26, 2009
Opening Date: Mar 15, 2009
Closing Date: Jul 19, 2009

Cast & Creative Team

Christine Ebersole (Elvira)
Angela Lansbury (Madame Arcati)
Rupert Everett (Charles)
Jayne Atkinson (Ruth)
Simon Jones (Doctor Bradman)
Susan Louise O’Connor (Edith)
Deborah Rush (Mrs. Bradman)

Noël Coward(Playwright)
Michael Blakemore(Director)
Peter J. Davison(Scenic Design)
Martin Pakledinaz(Costume Design)
Brian MacDevitt(Lighting Design)

Blithe Spirit, one of Noel Coward’s most popular comedies, was first seen on Broadway, in 1941, the same year it was produced in London where it set British box office records and was the longest running comedy (1997 performances) until it was eventually surpassed by Boeing-Boeing in the 1970’s. The original Broadway production played nearly two years and co-starred Leonora Corbett, Mildred Natwick, Clifton Webb and Peggy Wood. It was last seen on Broadway in an all-star production in 1987 with Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, and Geraldine Page, in her final Broadway appearance. Coward, in his autobiography, claimed he wrote the play in five days during a holiday. Only two lines of dialogue were removed before its first production in London.

Blithe Spirit starredFour time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury(Sweeney Todd,Gypsy, Dear World, Mame), Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding, An Ideal Husband), Two time Tony Award winnerChristine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), and Two time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (“24”, “Recount” Enchanted AprilSimon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, The Real Thing) and Deborah Rush (Noises Off!) round out the cast. The play was directed by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, KateCopenhagen).

Angela Lansbury received her fifth Tony Award, along with the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for her portrayal of Madame Arcati.


Awards & Nominations

Angela Lansbury – Best Featured Actress in a Play

Angela Lansbury – Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Distinguished Revival of a Play