Theatre Royal Bath Productions today releases production images for Blithe Spirit, Noël Coward’s classic comedy starring BAFTA-winning comedian, actor and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders and directed by former National Theatre director Richard Eyre. The production runs until Saturday 6 July with opening night for press on Wednesday 19 June.

Jennifer Saunders makes her Theatre Royal Bath debut as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati. She is joined by Lisa Dillon, Emma Naomi, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Simon Coates, Lucy Robinson and Rose Wardlaw. Blithe Spirit brings together a distinguished and multi-award-winning creative team, directed by Richard Eyre with design by Anthony Ward and lighting by Howard Harrison.

Written in 1941, Coward’s inventive comedy proved light relief at the height of World War II when it was first staged. The show had a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.

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