A welcome return to the Devonshire Park for so many familiar faces and old friends as Noël Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit opened to a packed house.  Written in 1941, this somewhat dark comedy – about ghosts during wartime Britain and a London (including Coward’s own flat) devastated by the Blitz when death was a constant presence –  was a bold move by the playwright.   However, when it opened in the West End later that year it was a huge success – as it was to be on Broadway and with the many film, television and stage revivals it has enjoyed since.

This excellent production by Talking Scarlet, directed by John Hester – a familiar face on the Devonshire Park stage and indeed himself a ‘Friend’ – continues the success story.  From the opening moment when Michelle Morris (as the ghost Elvira) appeared in one of the upper boxes spying on her widower and his new wife dancing on stage and a lady in the audience was heard to comment , “but she opened the door”, as she left the box and “wafted” away,  we knew we were in for an entertaining evening!

The packed bar

It was again a bar packed with Friends that awaited the arrival of this six-strong cast along with John Hester and a host of other actors come to support their colleagues – including those in rehearsal for next week’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner.

Front (l-r): Anna Brecon, Polly Jordan, Judy Buxton, Katy Dean  Behind: Oliver Mellor, John Hester, Michelle Morris, Ben Roddy

Front (l-r): Anna Brecon, Polly Jordan, Judy Buxton, Katy Dean
Behind: Oliver Mellor, John Hester, Michelle Morris, Ben Roddy

As always it is such a pleasure to welcome Patric Kearns and his Talking Scarlet company to the Devonshire Park – really part of the family.

A lively evening as the pictures below bear testament!  Thank you Patric and everyone for such an entertaining show!