PREVIEW: ‘Blithe Spirit’ – Bembridge Little Theatre Club

Following on from three sell-out shows last year: ‘Full Circle’; ‘A Bard in the Hand’ and the musical comedy ‘Nunsense’, Bembridge Little Theatre Club have another fun-filled evening for you with the renowned Noel Coward play ‘Blithe Spirit’.

Charles Condomine is a typically understated English gentleman living quietly with his second wife Ruth… until the evening he decides to hold a séance, simply as research for his new book. An unbeliever, what he does not expect is the appearance of the ghost of his first wife Elvira, a very different person to the strait-laced Ruth who, unable to see the ‘blithe spirit’, thinks her husband is going mad. Elvira however, is determined to get her own way, with unforeseen consequences for Charles, Ruth, and their maid Edith.

Madame Arcati, the clairvoyant nominally, and hilariously, in charge of the séance, has been described as ‘one of the great eccentric English dames in theatre….she rivals Lady Bracknell and Mrs Malaprop.’ Does she believe in her own power to summon the spirit world? Do we? Does it matter?

There is a reason that ‘Blithe Spirit’ is one of the most perennially popular of Coward’s works – it is still just as funny and entertaining today as when it was written: the humour relies on the ridiculousness of human social behaviour and interaction, richly brought to life by the talented actors of BLTC, aided and abetted by the technical and backstage crews – for the play involves some intricate special effects!

It all adds up to the high quality entertainment that always makes BLTC shows so popular – like its forebears, ‘Blithe Spirit’ looks set to be a sell-out, so book your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment by calling the Box Office on 07841 950261.

‘Blithe Spirit’

at Bembridge Village Hall

Thurs 12th, Fri 13th, Sat 14th May at 7:30pm

Sun 15th May 2:30pm

Tickets £10

Box Office: 07841 950261

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