Coward’s classic comedy comes to Harborough stage

Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit

Spooky goings on and comedy will blend together as a comedy is to performed by the members of Market Harborough Drama Society later this month.

Blithe Spirit, written by Noel Cowar,d is to be staged at Harborough Theatre from Tuesday, December 15, to Saturday, December 19, with evening performances at 7.45pm and a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Written against the backdrop of the Second World War, Noel Coward knew a play about ghosts might be a sensitive topic for the British public but with Blithe Spirit, written, according to Coward’s own account, in just six days, he struck a fine balance and he knew he had a successful play on his hands.

The play follows the ghostly goings on in the household of novelist Charles Condomine after he arranges for the medium Madame Arcati to hold a séance as part of his research into the occult for a new novel.

Madame Arcati leaves after the séance unaware that she has managed to summon the ghost of Condomine’s first wife Elvira, who has been dead for seven years.

Condomine can both see and hear Elvira but his second wife Ruth cannot and therefore also cannot understand her husband’s erratic behaviour as Elvira makes ever more desperate efforts to disrupt the marriage.

Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of his new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in the end?

The eccentric Madame Arcati, moody Elvira, straight-laced Ruth and an ever more desperate Condomine all come together and the resulting chaos is designed to keep the audience entertained.

It is the final show of the year to be performed by the society but the group will be performing plays by Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett as well as the hot West End comedy The 39 Steps in the new year.

Tickets cost from £8 and organisers have advised that people book their tickets well in advance as the show is likely to be a sell out.

Tickets available now from or from the theatre between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.