Review: Blithe Spirit at Harborough Theatre

Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit is the classic Noel Coward comedy in which the lines need delivering with pace and style.

The Harborough Theatre’s production lacked both in certain areas.

The plot centres around medium, Madame Aracti, who is invited by the Condamines to lead a seance at their house.

The result is both disastrous and amusing with Mr Condomine’s late wife coming back to haunt her former husband.

Viv Crowther underplayed the part of the mystic Madame, and missed the chance to steal the show.

In contrast, Joy Brankin Frisby as Mrs Condamine and Liz Clarke as her friend, Mrs Bradman, were delightful, making the most of every colourful Coward word.

Robin Garfield was efficient as Charles Condamine and consistently solid throughout.

Ruth Fray was the dim-witted servant, Edith, who injected her own brand of humour.

Christine Richardson was the grey and ghostly Elvira and Nigel Pierce was Dr Bradman.

The eerily effective special effects were by Ralph Holderness.

Sarah Clarke directed the play, which for me lacked atmosphere and it was a shame so many beautifully witty lines were wasted.