Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward
Directed by Richard Eyre
Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK’s most popular comic actresses. Her gleefully funny performance as the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, delighted both critics and audiences alike when the production opened in Theatre Royal Bath’s 2019 Summer Season. With a distinguished creative team who have won a plethora of awards between them, this is a Blithe Spirt full of sparkling and spirit-lifting hijinks.
Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium – Madame Arcati - 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.
Jennifer Saunders is much loved for the sketch show French and Saunders, for which she and Dawn French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009, and for the hit comedy series and subsequent film, Absolutely Fabulous, which she both starred in and wrote.
‘Absolutely fabulous… comic gold. Jennifer Saunders is a delight’ Sunday Express
‘Jennifer Saunders… brilliantly funny. Enormous life affirming fun’ Times
‘Jennifer Saunders… a revelation. A fabulous Coward revival. Richard Eyre has cast to perfection across the board’ Daily Telegraph
‘Jennifer Saunders gives a brilliantly physical display of comic clowning’ Sunday Times
‘Coward’s sublimely crafted dialogue. Jennifer Saunders…a splendid Madam Arcati’ Mail on Sunday
Access description: No steps from the street through 2 sets of swing doors into the foyer. Box Office is straight ahead. No steps to row D of Royal Circle, then 2 steps between each row. Staircases have handrails on both sides and all steps are highlighted. 20 steps down to Stalls and 23 up to Upper Circle (2 steps between rows in the Upper Circle).
Sound Amplification: Dual channel infra-red system with 12 headsets. This covers the whole auditorium except the front boxes. Headsets available from cloakroom. Portable induction loop at Box Office.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium, or staff can dog-sit if preferred. Maximum of 4 guide dogs per performance. You will be seated in an aisle seat. Provisions vary depending on production and customer requirements – please check when booking.
Disabled Access: 2 spaces for wheelchair users in the third row of the Royal Circle at C23 and C1. Transfer seating at D18 and D1. Wheelchairs stored in the cloakroom in the foyer or in the Royal Circle if there is room. Maximum of 2 wheelchair transferees and 1 scooter per performance.
Toilets: Women’s up 2 steps from the foyer. Men’s off Stalls bar and Men’s and Women’s off Circle bar.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet at the back of the Royal Circle, on the right. The turning space is quite tight