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Duke of Yorks Theatre, London4.321 reviews
Jennifer Saunders reprises her role in Blithe Spirit, coming to the Duke of York's Theatre in 2020.

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All performances of Blithe Spirit from 16 March onward have been cancelled. If you purchased tickets for one of the cancelled performances through London Theatre Direct you will be automatically refunded within 14 days of the scheduled performance. 

Blithe Spirit play tickets now booking for Duke of York’s Theatre transfer in 2020

Following a groundbreaking run at the Theatre Royal Bath in summer 2019, the critically-acclaimed revival of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward has transferred to London’s West End for a strictly limited run. Sketch show French and Saunders actress Jennifer Saunders, who played Madame Arcati in the Blithe Spirit Bath cast this summer, has been confirmed to be reprising her role for the highly-anticipated, six-week run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in spring 2020. Tickets for the West End transfer of this Noel Coward revival are now booking!

Blithe Spirit synopsis

Novelist Charles Condomine is researching material for a new mystery book he’s writing. He invites an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati over to his home to perform a séance. It’s not long before the ghost whisperer conjures up the spirit of Charles’ first wife, Elvira. Soon Charles and his second wife Ruth are haunted by his past, literally, as the poltergeist, who is only visible to Charles, is hell-bent on sabotaging his marriage with Ruth. Soon both life and the afterlife get a whole lot more complicated. Will the Condomines’ relationship be torn to pieces by the ghost of an ex-wife?    

Who is starring in the West End cast of Blithe Spirit?

The Blithe Spirit cast list for the West End run is headlined by Jennifer Saunders, who returns to the role of the kooky Madame Arcati. Saunders is joined by original cast members Emma Naomi as Elvira, Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, Rose Wardlaw as Edith, and Simon Coates as Dr Bradman.

Jennifer Saunders is best known for appearing in French and Saunders alongside Dawn French, both of whom won a BAFTA Fellowship Award in 2009. Saunders’ other most notable credits include the popular comedy series and subsequent film spin-off, Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), for which she both wrote and starred in, a minor role as Andrea Waltham on two episodes of Friends, Edina Monsoon (a crossover from Absolutely Fabulous) on Roseanne (1996), and Mrs. Bluveridge in Muppet Treasure Island (1996). The award-winning actress has also lent her voice for a number of memorable roles in both television and film, including The Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 (2004), Miss Spink in Coraline (2009), Queen Elizabeth II in Minions (2015), and Phoebe on a 2017 episode of The Simpsons.

Geoffrey Streatfield’s (Charles) credits include The Thick of It (TV), Spooks: The Greater Good (film), Traitors, Histories Cycle for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language at the Royal Court Theatre, and the film Match Point.

Lisa Dillon’s (Ruth) prior credits include the role of Mary Smith at Cranford on BBC1, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Othello with the RSC at Trafalgar Studios, Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment, and The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC. Dillon won an Ian Charleson Award in 2003 for her performance as Hilda Wangel in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, a role which also earned her an Evening Standard Award nomination for Outstanding Newcomer of the Year.

The West End Blithe Spirit creative team

Blithe Spirit is directed by five-time Olivier Award winner and Director of the National Theatre Richard Eyre and features illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard, and design by Anthony Ward, whose work includes the Olivier Award-winning Oklahoma! and the Tony Award-winning production of Mary Stuart, which saw the two main actresses swap roles before a performance at the flip of a coin.

Richard Eyre is a highly-prolific director both on stage and for the big and small screens. Recent stage work of his include an adaptation of Noël Coward's Private Lives on Broadway starring Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall and Due South actor Paul Gross, The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and The Light Sky and The Dark Earth at the Almeida Theatre. Other notable stage credits include directing Mary Poppins The Musical both on Broadway and in the West End, Tennessee Iguana’s Night of the IguanaRichard III starring Ian McKellenGuys and DollsHamlet, and the operas La traviataBizet’s Carmen, and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Eyre’s screen credits include Iris starring Judi DenchJim Broadbent and Kate WinsletHenry IV, Parts I and II, and The Hollow Crown series on BBC, and The Children Act.

West End theatre tickets for Blithe Spirit 2020 starring Jennifer Saunders available now!

London theatre tickets for Blithe Spirit are in high demand. Be sure to book your Blithe Spirit tickets for the six-week run at Duke of York’s Theatre in London whilst they're still available!

Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

Performance dates

5 March - 11 April 2020

Venue Information

Duke of Yorks TheatreSt Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Customer Reviews

21 reviews4.3

Lee Miller12th March


Steven12th March

A bit too long. The play as originally written and produced was designed for one hour and 36 minutes. Good fun nevertheless.

Kev10th March

Entertaining night out. Jennifer Saunders and the maid, excellent and hilarious as were their supporting actors. Loved the old theatre added to the atmosphere.

David Thomson10th March

Enjoyable show

Mrs Gabriella Firth9th March

The production was good, but too many of the actors did not enunciate or project their voices properly, so we found it difficult to hear some of the text (and from comments we exchanged with other visitors, we weren't the only ones with this problem).

Mr Daniell9th March

Not brilliant theatre. Some of the acting was rather 'Hammy" Seating was very cramped, for an average height guy.

Adrian Matthews9th March

Delightful production. Great cast. Nice venue. Couldn't fault the experience.

Samantha Cox9th March

Very Good play, and very funny in places, Jennifer was priceless!

Alison and Holly8th March

A very stylish production and very funny.

David Totterdell8th March

It was a pretty good show but considering I'd paid nearly £200 for 2 tickets there were large people sat in front of us restricting our view to such an extent my partner just shut her eyes and listened ! Quite disappointed really !!

Seema Khan8th March

I wanted to cancel cause of the virus epidemic and was not allowed to. So i did not enjoy the play. Had a stressful time

Lisa Boutchinski8th March

Great stage decorations, wonderful costumes, funny story, but the acting was not convincing :(