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Title: Blithe Spirit
Author(s): Noel Coward
Licensing Agent: Samuel French, Inc
Genre: Comedy
Length: Full Length
Male Roles: 2
Female Roles: 5
Extras: 0

Description: The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages. The ingenious plot tells how novelist Charles Condomine invites into his placid country home an eccentric, breezy lady medium in order to learn the language of the occult. Little does Charles or his lovely second wife, Ruth, dream that the seance staged by the medium will summon back Charles' first wife, now "passed over" for seven years. But the lady from beyond, still handsome, still mischievous, appears and torments Charles by reminding him of their days and nights together. Only Charles can see or hear her. A floating vase, handed to her out of thin air, finally convinces Ruth that Charles is not losing his mind that his first wife is indeed in the room. The first wife has a ghostly plot in mind: if she can get Charles into an automobile accident and make a ghost of him, life in the spirit world will have more appeal for her. Mistakes occur, however, and it is Ruth who takes the fatal automobile ride and passes on only to return with the first wife to team up against Charles.

Character Gender Role Size Min Age Max Age Description
Edith F Supporting 30 50 The Condomine's maid, Edith is always in a hurry.
Ruth F Lead 35 50 A smart looking woman in her mid-thirties, Ruth is the wife of Charles. She is a bit jealous of Charles's relationship with his first wife.
Charles M Lead 40 50 In his forties, Charles is an intelligent and urbane English novelist. Charles is the husband of Ruth Condomine and deceased first wife, Elvira.
Dr. Bradman M Supporting 40 55 A pleasant-looking middle-aged man, Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines.
Mrs. Bradman F Supporting 40 55 The wife of Dr. Bradman, Mrs. Bradman is middle-aged and a bit faded.
Madame Arcati F Lead 40 55 A middle-aged spiritualist, Madame Arcati is a striking woman. She is not too extravagant but has a definite bias towad the barbaric.
Elvira F Lead 40 50 Charles Condomine's deceased first wife, Elvira returns as a ghost with a goal. In the process, she makes Charles's and Ruth's lives very complicated.

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