Blithe Spirit

Shubert Theatre |  Broadway  | March, 2009

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  • Best Costume Design of a Play

A play by Noel Coward

Directed by Michael Blakemore

Starring Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett, and Christine Ebersole

When writer Charles Condomine decides to hold a séance as research for a new mystery novel, he has no idea that he’ll end up being haunted by his now-deceased first wife, Elvira — a ghost that only he can see. Not surprisingly, Charles’ second wife, Ruth, isn’t amused by his claim that Elvira is in the room, and the comedy quotient rises to a fever pitch when Madame Arcati, the daffy medium who conducted the séance, tells Charles she has no idea how to send this blithe spirit back where she came from! (Read more at

“When a scintillating comedy, masterly direction and superior performances come together, what have you got? A rip-roaring revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit that lights up Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Under the wizardly guidance of Michael Blakemore, the laughter never stops, though it stings as well as tickles.”

- Bloomberg News

“…I wound up enjoying this Blithe Spirit more than I had many a slicker version. Much of that pleasure came from watching what Ms. Atkinson, Mr. Everett and particularly Ms. Lansbury make of their roles.”

- The New York Times