October 8, 2023

That’s the spirit!

The spirit of a dead wife is set to spook a novelist as the classic Noel Coward comedy Blithe Spirit takes to the Little Theatre stage this month.

The show, running from October 18-21, is by our friends at the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society with a cast that mixes familiar faces and talented newcomers.

What’s it all about? Writer Charles Condomine and his wife, Ruth, have invited friends to join them for drinks and dinner with a local clairvoyant, Madame Arcati.

Charles is planning a novel about a homicidal spiritualist and wants to observe the behaviour of Madame Arcati during a séance, while remaining confident that she will be a charlatan.

Much to the surprise of the two couples, during the séance there are supernatural manifestations and confirmed cynic Charles hears the voice of Elvira, his first wife, whom he loved dearly but who died several years ago.

From this rather spooky beginning develops a sparkling Coward comedy as we find Charles attempting to negotiate the rather alarming development of sharing his home – and his heart – with his first (deceased) and second (very much alive!) wife.

Who is in it? The cast, in order of appearance, are: Edith – Kathryn Canty-Diggins; Ruth – Nicola Gilbert; Charles – Lee Johnson; Dr Bradman – Mike Quenby; Mrs Bradman – Janet Hignett; Madame Arcati – Philippa Baillie; and Elvira – Lucy Connor. Gary Clifton makes his directorial debut following many successful on-stage outings.

Tickets are £14 and you can book them here or call the box office on 01263 822347.

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