Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

directed by David Bartlett

Performed at

the Plaza Theatre, Romsey


5th to 7th May 1988

The Director wrote;

Noel Coward was born within a few days of the turn of the 20th Century. After deciding at the age of ten that he would become an actor, he went on to dominate, theatrically, the first half of the century. The 1920's and 1930's saw his phenomenal rise to fame, not only as an actor, but as as a singer, writer, composer, director and producer. His talent ranged from high drama (The Vortex) to very light comedies (Private Lives) and from dreamy romance (Bitter Sweet) to knock-about farce (Red Peppers). At the outbreak of World War II he made strenuous efforts to be considered foe war work of importance but was finally persuaded that his best contribution would be to employ his 'talent to amuse'. In May 1941, he went to the pseudo-Italian village of Portmerion in Wales and after six days returned with 'Blithe Spirit'. In later years he was to consider it his best play. After the war, as tastes changed, he was never to enjoy the same measure of success again. He died in Jamaica in 1973. He once wrote (family album), "May our touch on life be lighter than seabird's feather". Outwardly, at least, it was true of him and is the spirit that pervades most of his comedies.

David Bartlett

Cast (in order of appearance)
Charles Condomine Jim Smith
Elvira Linda Edwards
Ruth Mollie Manns
Madame Arcati Shiela Clark
Dr Bradley Albert Minns
Mrs Bradley Hazel Burrows
Edith Jean Durnan
For the Maskers:
Director David Bartlett
Production Assistant Jan Ward
Stage Manager Iain Coleman
Props Ella Lockett
Costumes Helen Officer
Sound Lawrie Gee, Sarah Cunningham
Lighting Ron Tillyer, Robert Brooks
Set Design Ken Spencer
Set Construction Edwin Beechcroft, Douglas Coates, John Riggs


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Hazel Burrows, Albie Minns, Sheila Clark
Hazel Burrows, Lynda Edwards, Mollie manns, Albie Minns, Sheila Clark
Hazel Burrows and Albie Minns
Jim Smith and Mollie Manns
Lynda Edwards and Mollie Manns
Shiela Clark
Lynda Edwards, Sheila Clark, Mollie Manns

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