Blithe Spirit

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Start Date:  Tuesday, July 09, 2013 6:00 PM
End Date:  Tuesday, July 09, 2013 11:00 PM
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Title:  Blithe Spirit
Category:  Sporting and Recreation Event
Address:  295 Muskoka Rd. South Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1J1
Contact:  ghop@gravenhurst.ca
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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward Presented by Dragonfly Theatre Company

Dinner – 6:00 p.m. – Performance – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner & Show – $47.50  Show only – $25.50

 (limited show only tickets available, please call 24hrs in advance)

Tuesday, July 9th, Wednesday, July 10th, Thursday, July 11th, Friday, July 12

Tuesday, July 16th, Wednesday, July 17th, Thursday, July 18th, Friday, July 19th, Saturday, July 20th.

 

Blithe Spirit is a comic play written by Noel Coward which takes its title from Shelley’s poem “To A Skylark” (Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!/ Bird though never wert”)  The play concerns the socialite and novelist Carles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.  The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance.  Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

 

The play was first seen in the West End of London in l941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances.  It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances.  Coward adapted the play for film in l945, starring Rex Harrison, and directed the musical adaptation, High Spirits, on Broadway in 1l65.  It was also adapted for television in the l950’s and l960’s and for radio.  The play enjoyed several West End and Broadway revivals in the l90’s and l980’s and was revived again in London in 2004 and 2011.  It returned to Broadway in February 2009.

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