From Monday 24th February 2020 to Saturday 29th February 2020
Jennifer Saunders is heading to Norwich to star in a classic Noel Coward comedy just before it starts a West End run.
The Absolutely Fabulous favourite and comedy actress won critical acclaim when she starred in the production at Theatre Royal Bath in the summer.
Blithe Spirit tells the story of novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth who find their lives change after a séance.
Jennifer Saunders plays the eccentric medium Madame Arcati who conjures up the ghost of Charles’s first wife.
When she appears and is visible only to Charles, she sets out to sabotage his current marriage and things begin to get complicated.
It is the latest theatre role for Jennifer who also appeared in Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End. Well-known for being one half of French and Saunders and for playing potty PR person Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, she has won numerous awards including two Emmys, five Baftas and four British Comedy Awards.
She won critical acclaim for her performance during the Bath run with the Guardian saying she “draws laughter with physical comedy” and The Stage saying Jennifer is “tailor-made for the role.”
Written in 1941, Noel Coward’s inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy provided a distraction from life during World War Two when it was first staged. The show enjoyed a record-breaking run in the West End and on Broadway, and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.
Blithe Spirit, Monday 24-Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm and Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£39.50. Discounts for Friends, Over-60s and Under-18s. Captioned performances on Wednesday 26 Feb at 2.30pm. Audio-described and signed performance on Saturday 29 Feb at 2.30pm.
Tickets go on sale on:
Tuesday Oct 1 at 9.30am – Friends of the Theatre
Tuesday Oct 8 at 9.30am – General Public
To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000.
Theatre Royal, Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RL