Spirit of Coward

The cast of Louth Playgoers' Blithe Spirit
The cast of Louth Playgoers' Blithe Spirit

A haunting portrayal of a classic play comes to Louth’s Riverhead Theatre this month as the Playgoers tackle some ghostly goings-on.

Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit in less than a week back in 1941 and it became the longest running hit of his career.

The play tells of Charles Condomine, a socialite and successful novelist, who wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing.

To do this he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house thus hoping to gather material for his next book.

What he didn’t bargain on was the inadvertently summons of his first wife, Elvira.

Elvira, an annoying and temperamental character, continually and increasingly makes desperate attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Blithe Spirit runs from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 12, with performances at 7.30pm.

Tickets £7.50 and £5 from the box office on 01507 600350, which is open daily from 10am to 1pm, except Sundays.