Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, produced by Theatre Royal Bath, is scheduled to open at the Apollo Theatre on 9 March 2011 (following previews from 2 March) booking until 18 June 2011. Blithe Spirit is directed by Thea Sharrock and designed by Hildegard Bechtler with lighting by Mark Henderson.
Joining previously mentioned Alison Steadman who will be playing Madame Arcati are Hermione Norris who will play Ruth Condomine and Robert Bathurst who will play Charles Condomine. An interesting story… Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by someone from the past when an eccentric medium (Madame Arcati) manages to conjure up the ghost of Elvira, Charles’ neurotic first wife. Ruth and Charles assumed that Madame Arcati was just a fraud who would simply entertain them and their dinner guests with a ‘séance’ and at the same time supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel. But Elvira appears, of course visible only to Charles, and is determined to sabotage his current marriage thereby causing life (and the afterlife) to get complicated.
Hermione Norris co-stars in ITV’s 2010 remake of 70’s classic ‘Bouquet of Barbed Wire’. She recently played Ros Myers in the BBC series ‘Spooks’ and has also starred in ITV’s ‘Kingdom’, ‘Wire in the Blood’, ‘Lucky Jim’ and C4’s film ‘Falling Apart’. She is still celebrated as the redoubtable Karen Marsden in ‘Cold Feet’.
Robert Bathurst made a professional stage debut in 1983 in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off. In the 1980s, television roles included appearing in comedies such as ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ and the first episode of ‘Red Dwarf’. His first major television role was in Steven Moffat’s semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom ‘Joking Apart’, after which he was cast in the ITV comedy drama ‘Cold Feet’ which ran for five series from 1998 to 2003. After ‘Cold Feet’, Bathurst played a fictional prime minister in the BBC sitcom ‘My Dad’s the Prime Minister’, Mark Thatcher in the fact-based drama ‘Coup!’, and a man whose daughter goes missing in the ITV thriller ‘The Stepfather’.