Blithe Spirit -- May 30 - June 2, 6-9, 2019

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Comedy by Noel Coward

Directed by Tom Morrow

Run dates: May 30-June 2 & June 6-9, 2019

Questions? Contact director at info@rhplayers.com

Description

A smash comedy hit on London and Broadway stages, this much-revived Noel Coward classic offers up fussy novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted – literally – by the ghost of his late first wife. The clever and insistent Elvira has been called up by a flamboyant and eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, during a seance. In this clash of big personalities (both worldly and un-), Charles must navigate his way between two wives, creating many comical situations to a quite unexpected resolution.

Characters

3m, 5f (Please note all ages are flexible. It is more important that the married couples are believable together age-wise.) 


CHARLES CONDOMINE – 30’s-60. Charles is charming and intelligent. He is a successful writer and socialite, but is also arrogant and self-absorbed. He was married to Elvira until her death and is now married to Ruth. 


RUTH CONDOMINE - 30s-50’s. Ruth is elegant and sophisticated. She's witty and very much Charles' intellectual equal. She can come across as a little bit superior and judgmental and, despite her struggles to hide it, is jealous where her husband's first wife, Elvira, is concerned. 


ELVIRA CONDOMINE - late 20s–early 40’s. Elvira is vivacious, mischievous and flirtatious. She is charming and sociable but also selfish and possessive of Charles. She died laughing. 


MADAME ARCATI - probably 40 or older, but open to younger with the right actor. Madame Arcati is an eccentric medium and writer. She has true belief in her ability to communicate with the “other side” and has been doing so since she was a little girl. She is sensitive and easily offended when faced with cynicism or mockery but quick to forgive. She has an almost child-like delight in the world. 


EDITH - late teen-20’s (but could be older). Edith is the Condomines' new maid. She tries hard but is clumsy and has a tendency to rush and fumble. But beneath her disorganized exterior is a depth and focus which the Condomines fail to see. 


MRS BRADMAN – 30’s plus. Mrs Bradman is excitable and friendly. She seems superficial and is very much a product of the social circles of her time, but she truly cares about the people in her life and tries to be a good friend to Ruth. 


DR BRADMAN – 30’s plus. Steady and respectable, Dr Bradman is the local medical doctor. He has a gentle manner and a sense of thinking far more than he speaks. He cares very deeply for his wife, despite the fact that the two of them are very difficult.