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Blithe Spirit (Methuen Modern Plays) Paperback – July 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0413771971 ISBN-10: 0413771970

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Product Details

  • Series: Methuen Modern Plays
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413771970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413771971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A minor comic masterpiece of the lighter sort"-Professor Allardyce Nicoll

About the Author

Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on January 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One can't help but laugh from beginning to end.Yet the argument is very sombre,and could have been the argument of the most grim drama of a German playwriter. It's the wit of Coward, his genius of combining the petty ridiculous whit the dramatic that makes this drama just perfect.Coward's practical views on the supernatural are absolutely irresistible. A must for the occult believer and for the skeptic as well!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mitchell on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Edit: My review refers to the L.A. Theaterworks production.

I've seen many productions of this play on film, stage and radio and this is, far and away, the best production ever. A different, more English tone takes this production a million miles away from the well known film version and, charming though Rex Harrison et al are, this is all the better for being different.

Ian Ogilvy shines as the misogynistic Charles who carries a torch for his first wife despite his best efforts. Rosalind Ayres is fine as the slighted Ruth, playing it with a wonderful, indignant tone. But the undisputed star of the show is Judy Geeson who plays the mischevious Elvira with such wonderful drawling tones it's a delight to listen to her. I only wish we heard the word 'beastly' more in conversation!

Of my many audio books, this is absolutely my favourite but wonderful as it is, I'm just sorry that this was radio and not stage or screen. What a fabulous production it would have been.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on September 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kate was dominating and had a good thing which she lost but she just would not give up. Kate was as vicious as Ligeia in a similar situation written by Poe. At the college performance, Blithe was the color green (for death), most effective. Kate was also a color but not the white we'd expect of a ghost, for a dead entity, she had a healthy glow.
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