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Blithe Spirit Haunts the West End???

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Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit could soon be haunting the West End again. Coward wrote the 1941 comedy in just seven days, after his London office and apartment had been destroyed in the Blitz. He felt the public needed something fun and escapist during the darkest days of the war. The play – in which novelist Charles Condomine, with the help of eccentric medium Madame Arcati, inadvertently raises the conniving ghost of his first wife Elvira during a séance - opened in the West End just two months later and became a box office hit. The 1945 film starred Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford. Thea Sharrock’s current revival stars Penelope Keith, Joanna Riding, Aden Gillett and Amanda Drew. It was first seen in August as part of Peter Hall’s second annual repertory season at Bath’s Theatre Royal and is currently touring until 14 November 2004 (See News, 8 Jul 2004). After that, it could be a likely candidate for the Savoy Theatre, which will be dark from this weekend after the premature closure of troubled salsa musical Murderous Instincts (See Today’s News).

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