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by Noel Coward

A scene from the play

Bare Bones’ autumn production is “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward.
Written in just three days in 1941, Coward described the piece as 'an improbable farce'. Set in the home of author Charles Condomine, the play follows the chaotic events that occur when a spiritual medium, Madame Arcati, inadvertantly raises the spirit of Elvira, Condomine's first wife who died seven years ago. Elvira's efforts to reclain Charles from his second wife by plotting his death go tragically wrong with surprising results.
Seventy years after it's first production the play continues to amuse and delight. Indeed it is now regarded as a classic and is probably the best loved work of 'the master'.

The Cast


Edith Denise Hall
Ruth Amanda Watkins
Charles Howard Jones
Doctor Bradman Gordon Stewart
Mrs Bradman Jeanette Bennett
Madam Arcati Sarah Hall
Elvira Jane Jones
Daphne Emma Chatterton

The Crew

Stage Manager Richard Worreall
Sound Charles Wintour
Lighting Philip Preston
Costume and Props Stella Truscott

Margaret Baldwin



4th November 2011 Tarrington Lady Emily Hall
11th November 2011 Burghill Simpson Hall
12th November 2011 Withington Village Hall
18th/19th November 2011 Goodrich Village Hall
25th/26th November 2011

Upton Bishop Village Hall

2nd December 2011 Woolhope Village Hall
3rd December 2011 Fownhope New Memorial Hall

See also

The Savannah Sipping Society

by Jones, Hope and Wooten

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Summer End

by Eric Chappell

Toured: April 2016

Visiting Hour

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov 2015


by Patrick Hamilton

Toured: March 2015

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

by Neil Simon

Toured: November 2014

Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

by David Tristram

Toured: July 2014


by Jean McDonnell

Toured: April 2014

Prescription for Murder

by Norman Robbins

Toured: November 2013

Laying the Ghost

by Simon Williams

Toured: June 2013

Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting On A Green Park Bench

by John A Penzotti

Toured: November 2012


by Simon Moore

Toured: June-July 2012

Going Straight

by Richard Harris

Toured: March - April 2012

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

Toured: Nov-Dec 2011

A Month of Sundays

by Bob Larbey

Toured: June - July 2011

A Bolt from the Blue

by David Tristram

Toured: March - April 2011

One Last Card Trick

by Stewart Permutt

Toured: November 2010


by Gerald Sybleyras translated by Tom Stoppard

Toured: July 2010


by A R Gurney

Toured: March - April 2010


by John Godber

Toured:Oct - Nov 2010

The Beach Hut

by Mark Rees

Performed: September 2009

Happy Jack

by John Godber

Toured: June - August 2009

A Delicate Balance

by Edward Albee

Toured: March - April 2009

You're Only Young Twice

by Ron Aldridge

Toured: November 2008


by Ronald Harwood

Toured: June - July 2008

Day of Reckoning

by Pam Valentine

Toured: March - April 2005

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

by Neil Simon

Toured: October - November 2007

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

Toured: July - August 2007

Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson

Toured: March - April 2007

September in the Rain

by John Godber

Toured: Oct-Dec 2006

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

Toured: July-Sept 2006

The Cemetery Club

by Ivan Menchal

Toured: March-May 2006

Duck Variations & The Problem

by David Mamet & A R Gurney Jnr

Festival: March 2006

Stepping Out

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Two of a Kind

by Hugh Janes

Toured: Jun-Aug 2005

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Toured: Feb-Mar 2005

Shirley Valentine

by Willie Russell

Toured: Sep-Oct 2004