Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

  • -
  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

Warring wives, laughter, magic and mayhem – you’ll never get enough of it in this farcical play full of spectral action.

While researching his next novel, Charles Condomine employs the services of a clairvoyant to see whether it is possible to contact souls in the afterlife. Unfortunately for Charles, the psychic summons the ghost of his dead wife, Elvira. It’s soon clear that the morally untidy Elvira wishes to reunite with her husband, much to the dismay of Charles’ new (and living) wife, Ruth.

Widely considered to be Noël Coward’s greatest work, Blithe Spirit treats its grim subject matter with gratifying frivolity, offering a playful look at what lies beyond the grave, and what happens when love comes back to haunt us.

Presented as part of Perth City Arts.


Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Adam Booth, Adriane Daff, Michelle Fornasier, Ella Hetherington, Michael Loney, Jo Morris and Alison van Reeken.

Directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler.

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Bryan Woltjen, Lighting Designer Jon Buswell, Sound Design/Composer Ash Gibson Greig.


"Coward’s sharp script is held together with equally sharp acting from a unified cast. The overall entertainment value of the production is enormous..." The Australian

"It’s crackling and witty from the start. If you are considering going to see Black Swan Theatre Company‘s production of Blithe Spirit, ask the stars…all signs will point to yes!" The Australia Times

"Black Swan's production of 'Blithe Spirit' is a wonderful night's entertainment, and highly recommended. With a fine cast, terrific set and sumptuous costuming (as always!), it is a great night out." Perth Walkabout

"It’s a witty, quirky, effervescent production. One flustered husband, two feisty feuding wives from opposite astral plains, and a specter of mischief crackling the air – all make for brilliant, timeless theatre." The Starfish

"Blithe Spirit comes with my highest endorsement. The performances were energetic, perfectly played, and a delight to watch. If you don’t book tickets you might in fact find yourself haunted at missing out on a very special experience." Susan, patron

"A well performed production that should attract and delight audiences. Jo Morris was excellent as the ethereal Elvira - very acid and funny." Stage Whispers

Download programme