Blithe Spirit, Playing at Apollo 2 Mar 2011, Announces Cast Update

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’.

Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance at Lyttelton Theatre

Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance will be directed by THEA Sharrock , which opens in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 8th June 2010 (previews start from 1st June 2010).

When you know something is going to happen, it makes it seem further off to joke about it.

As the world races towards catastrophe, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David’s indolence and his wife’s undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on the brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revellers dance on.

Why do you all talk of nothing but the old days and the old parties and the things you all used to do and say? Why?

First staged in 1939, After the Dance, now often thought to be Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, offers a subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation and a devastating study of repression and the human heart.

It’s the bright young people over again, only they never were bright and now they’re not even young.

Book Tickets for After the Dance at Lyttelton Theatre!