Blithe Spirit was written during World War II and opened in June 1941 in Manchester, then transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre London in July of that same year. Before Coward wrote the play, he was lost for inspiration as to what he wanted to do. He felt that possibly a visit to Wales would give him inspiration to put pen to paper. When he went to Wales he took Joyce Carey with him. She recalls that as they both relaxed by the sea, Coward found the inspiration he was looking for.
He wrote Blithe Spirit in one week. So convinced of his plot, not one alteration had to be made to the script apart from cutting one line. Coward called the play 'an improbable farce'. So it is, but it's worth every minute.
- Dr. Bradman
- Mrs. Bradman
- Madame Arcati