Coward’s Blithe Spirit lives on at SJT

Director Chris Monks brings Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' to the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Director Chris Monks brings Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' to the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
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The Stephen Joseph Theatre is set for a chilling Christmas with Noël Coward’s supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit.

The production which is directed by SJT Artistic Director Chris Monks will run from Tuesday until 7 January.

Writer Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth invite the eccentric medium Madame Arcati to conduct a séance at their home.

They’re hoping for an evening of entertainment, but an unexpected guest spoils the party, as the mystic conjures up the ghost of Charles’ first wife Elvira.

Spirits run high as the two wives battle for Charles, who is wanted dead or alive.

Blithe Spirit was written in 1941.

It premiered in Manchester before transferring to London where the original run of nearly 2,000 performances set a new record for the West End. Kieran Buckeridge returns to the SJT to play Charles Condomine.

His previous credits at the theatre include The Mikado and Moonlight and Magnolias.

He is joined by Clare Corbett, who played Puck in last summer’s A Midsummer Night Dream, as Ruth and Heather Saunders as Elvira. Madame Arcati will be played by Janine Birkett whose credits at the SJT include The Snow Queen and A Christmas Carol.

The cast also includes Shelley Atkinson, Helen Macfarlane and Leigh Symonds, who are all currently appearing in The Nutcracker Prince at the SJT.

Tickets cost between £10 and £21 and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at www.sjt.uk.com