2009 - Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit Cast


BLITHE

SPIRIT

BY NOEL COWARD

 

Directed by Anna McGowan

 

10TH AND 11TH JULY 2009

IN AID OF THE MS SOCIETY AND THE ITCHEN VALLEY CHURCHES

 

 

CAST

 

Blithe Spirit Cast

Edith (a maid)

Hattie Stacey

Ruth

Mary Hall

Charles

Stanhope Owen

Dr Bradman

Robert Hall

Mrs Bradman

Caroline Morgan

Madame Arcati

Lavinia Owen

Elvira

Maddy Woosnam


Crew

 

Nick Owen

Anna Burness

James Woosnam

Sophie Jackson

Clare Gaster

Derek Ware

Patrick Appleby

Vernon tottle

Chris Cheong

Terry McGowan

Jill Croft

David Parker

 

And many others.....

Blithe Spirit Cast

 

Blithe spirit – a brief history

 

Noel Coward wrote this play during a working holiday in Portmeirion, North Wales.  One day was spent discussing the idea, conjuring up the names of the characters and formulating a rough idea of the plot.  In his autobiography Coward wrote; “At seven thirty the next morning I sat, with the usual palpitations, at my typewriter  ...  There was a pile of virgin paper on my left and a box of carbons on my right.  The table wobbled and I had to put a wedge under one of its legs. ... I fixed the paper into the machine and started Blithe Spirit; A Light Comedy in Three Acts.  For six days I worked from eight to one each morning and from two to seven each afternoon.  On Friday evening the play was finished ... and I knew it was going to be a success.”

 

Although it attracted criticism on its debut in 1941, making fun of death at the height of World War II, it went on to become, at 1,997 performances, the longest opening run of a West End play, a record only broken in 1970 by Boeing-Boeing and subsequently The Mousetrap. 

 

The original cast included Fay Compton, Margaret Rutherford and Cecil Parker.  Rex Harrison starred in the 1945 film version alongside Margaret Rutherford who reprised her stage role of Madame Arcati.

 

PRAISE FOR BLITHE SPIRIT

 

Congratulations on a wonderful production – lovely performances and super staging! – Mrs Andrea Frears

 

The production was perfect in every way....It could not have been done better by full-time professional actors – and no stage could have recreated that perfect setting your terrace allowed.  Sue

 

...heartiest congratulations to you, your family and all the cast and troupe for your production of Blithe Spirit.  It was an outstanding production and we much enjoyed it.  Mrs Heather Spencer

 

Congratulations, what a fun play!  Beautifully acted – and just two families – such talent.  David and Sue Humphrey

 

...there were very assured performances from all cast members....I found all the characters well drawn and the action engaging at all times.  Catherine Hahn (review in the Itchen Abbas and Avington Village News)

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