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Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 7HD
Blithe Spirit
by Noel Coward
Apollo Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Apollo Theatre photo Photo ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 2nd Mar 11
Opens 9th Mar 11
Closes 18th jun 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs, Sat 2.30 pm
Audience - aged 8 and above

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




Blithe Spirit PosterBlithe Spirit was written in a week by Noel Coward 40 years after Shaw's Pygmalion and also showed attitude towards Women and marriage from a gay perspective. Throughout the comedy it appears that the women are parodied and so overstated - that you see the joke but often fail to find it that funny. The lack of overt laughter can also mean that people nowadays think they have progressed through the cliché.

Maybe that women have learnt to nag and manipulate more subtly nowadays - and what man would own to hating women?

Blithe Spirit - Margaret RutherfordWhen it came out first it was a famously long-run comedy starring Margaret Rutherford and back then the jokes were really funny. So is the current play despite some reviews of earlier performances on the cold side - is very funny.

Of course you have to be in the mood.


Alison Steadman
Alison Steadman
A novelist Charles invited a clairvoyant Madame Arcati to entertain them at dinner. Besides he wanted some exerience for his writing. The eccentric old lady manages to evoke Charles' dead first wife but she was seen only by him. Social faux pas abound. The allure of the ex wife Elvira is clear - the worst fear of second wives. This one was turning out to be a nightmare because she was jealous - after all the second wife was alive.


  • Alison Steadman - Madame Arcati
  • Robert Bathurst - Charles Condomine
  • Hermione Norris - Ruth Condomine
  • Ruthie Henshall - Elvira


  • Author - Noel Coward
  • Director - Thea Sharrock
  • Lighting designer - Mark Henderson
  • Designer - Hildegard Bechtler

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Blithe Spirit

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