by Noël Coward
3rd – 12th October 2019
Coward wrote this supernatural comedy in 1941 to cheer up wartime Britain and it has been entertaining audiences ever since. The play set a long-run record of 1,997 performances in the West End not broken until 1957 by The Mousetrap.
Set in Kent, the play has successful novelist Charles Condomine invite eccentric medium Madame Arcati to the coastal villa he shares with his second wife Ruth in order to conduct a séance as research for his new book. Events do not unfold as expected when the ghost of his first wife Elvira is called back from the spirit world.
One of Noël Coward’s most successful plays, we are extremely excited to open our 62nd season with this all-time classic comedy. Appearing as the beleaguered Charles Condomine is Mike Dickinson (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, The Hound of The Baskervilles). Playing Ruth, we are thrilled to welcome, new to the MLT stage, Natalie Davies, who appeared this summer as Beatrice in the Blissful Theatre Company’s Much Ado About Nothing. We are also delighted to welcome back to MLT Jules Doe (Noises Off, Calendar Girls), who appears as the mischievous Elvira.
Taking up the challenge of playing the eccentric Madame Arcati is Alex Lawes (A Murder is Announced, One Man, Two Guvnors), and friends of the Condomines Dr and Mrs Bradman are played respectively by Allister Kay (A Murder Is Announced, And Then There Were None) and Kate Brookes (Relatively Speaking, Hay Fever). To complete the cast, playing the role of Edith the maid, is Amy Morgan (Sitting Pretty).
So with a cast of faces familiar and not so familiar, along with my assistant director, Amanda Sharpe-Conroy, I look forward to seeing all you at what promises to be a fun-filled evening.
Chris Loft, Director