Blithe Spirit at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Blithe Spirit at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Please note that remaining performances of Blithe Spirit have been cancelled following government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

After an acclaimed summer season at Theatre Royal Bath, Jennifer Saunders reprises her role as an eccentric clairvoyant in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit for the West End. Described by critics as “enormous, life-affirming fun” (The Times), the production opens for a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

In true Noel Coward style, Blithe Spirit is a comedic caper about novelist Charles Condomine, who finds himself plagued by the ghost of a past love. After oddball medium Madame Arcati performs a séance at his request, Charles’ first wife Elvira is mistakenly unleashed, determined to sabotage her former flame’s new marriage and make his life a misery. But will anyone believe it when only Charles can see her?

Blithe Spirit in the West End stars Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati. Saunders performed the role to audience and critical acclaim in Bath and has proven her comedic chops in hugely popular television shows French and Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous.

Saunders is joined by returning cast members Lisa Dillon (BBC’s Cranford) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (BBC’s Spooks, Donmar Warehouse: My Night With Reg), with other cast members yet to be confirmed.

Director Richard Eyre is no stranger to Noel Coward, having directed Private Lives starring Kim Cattrall on Broadway. The recipient of five Olivier Awards for his directing work, he was also Artistic Director at the National Theatre from 1987 to 1997. He is joined on the creative team by Tony Award winning designer Anthony Ward (Oklahoma!).

Dim the lights, gather around and get ready to jump at things that go bump in the night; we don’t need a crystal ball to know Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York’s Theatre is a must-see. It opens for a limited run from 5 March 2020.

Recommended for

Fans of comic legend Jennifer Saunders shouldn’t hesitate to secure tickets for her hilarious performance in Blithe Spirit.

Anyone wanting to tick another Noel Coward off their list after 2019’s lauded revival of Present Laughter will find a starry and spectacular opportunity here.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 05 Mar 2020
Press night: 10 Mar 2020
Booking from: 10 Apr 2020
Booking until: 11 Apr 2020

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for Blithe Spirit, please check out our interactive Duke of York's Theatre seating plan with 1661 seat reviews and 784 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

17 Reviews Add review

Jennifer Saunders was excellent and really the main entertainment of the whole production. The lead male was fine. The actress playing... More

leepeddie 176, 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

louiseharrison 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I thought the show was ok, slightly dated and not the best thing I’ve ever seen. Enjoyed the performances from the cast however

sarahwells1 5”4, 72 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I have always admired Noel Coward and have always enjoyed Blithe Spirit and having the chance to see it performed live was truly an... More

dalec 1 review, 0 helpful votes

victoriac17 5”5, 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A dated play from Coward but its worth watching for the fabulous Jennifer Saunders. Her take on the famous Madame Arcati was all her... More

barrythompson1 87 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Blithe Spirit is a really funny play and all the characters were great but of course Jennifer Saunders was amazing.

joye 1 review, 0 helpful votes

nzdavidt 6”1, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very good, excellent cast, great sets. As we are of a certain age we did struggle to hear every word but it didn't spoil the play for... More

davidjohnh1 1 review, 0 helpful votes