SOUTHEND Drama Society are appearing at the Palace Theatre’s Dixon Studio in a period performance of Noël Coward’s hilarious Blithe Spirit.
Described by the author as “an improbable farce in three acts”, the play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.
The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his wilful and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance.
Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
The play was first seen in the West End in 1941 and ran for 1,997 performances, a new record for a non-musical play in London.
It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances.
Southend Drama Society will attempt to evoke the spirit of the ‘40’s, with five performances from May 17 to May 20.
Tickets are available from: southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-blithe-spirit-southend-2023.
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