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Publisher's Summary

This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!
©1932 Noel Coward (P)1998 L.A. Theatre Works
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 02-05-07

Ms Geeson at her finest

This was always one of my favourite plays – I loved it having seen the David Lean film version when I was a child. But much as I love the film, it cannot hold a candle to this marvellous production. For a start it is exceptionally well cast. Ian Ogilvie is perfectly cast as the misogynistic but still sympathetic Charles Condomine – confused and then bemused by the appearance of his first wife, Elvira from beyond the grave. But the star of the show is undoubtedly Judy Geeson who steals every scene that she appears in with just the right touches of emotion, humour and downright devilishness. Her vowel sounds are a joy – I could listen to her speak for hours!
The story is simple but an absolute joy. This is without a doubt my favourite radio play in my vast collection!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 06-24-12

Well presented classic theatre

Noel Coward is a playwright with timeless wit -- in both the dialogue and the plot.
Blithe Spirit is a somewhat cheeky comedy, exploring reactions to the deceased wife (the blithe spirit) talking to the remarried spouse via a wonderfully portrayed clairvoyant and spirit medium.
Coward is the epitome of the English playwright and the actors in this production are highly regarded British actors. I enjoyed the audience's reaction -- for me the immediacy of the theatre certainly added to the quality of the listening experience.

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By James C. on 10-26-17

Great live recording of a Coward classic!

Edited for audio recording but true to the original script! I found this extremely useful for learning my part for a local production. Great story. A drama full of hilarious arguments and quirky characters!

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By Dr. R. Brompton on 08-09-16

Fabulous fun from the pen of Noel Coward

An excellent performance of Noel Coward's classic play. I particularly love the line "anyone can write books but it takes a real artist to make a truly dry Martini". Great fun.

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