Members of Lynn’s oldest theatrical society are set to awaken the spirits of times gone by with their latest spooky production at the Arts Centre from Thursday.
King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS) will present Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, a comic play packed full of stubborn spirits, seances and socialites.
Vice-chairman of KLODS, David Nash, said: “This classic comedy will ensure an evening of ghostly fun in the ancient, ambient and spookily appropriate theatrical setting of Lynn’s Arts Centre.”
First seen on the West End stage in London in 1941, the play created a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances and went on to do very well on Broadway later that year.
It has also been adapted for television, film and radio, but now the critically-acclaimed local theatre director, Richard Abel, will bring his own form of enchanted comic direction to the production.
The play centres around the socialite and novelist, Charles Condomine, as he invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance in the hopes of gathering material for his new book.
The scheme backfires when he becomes haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the seance and she tries to disrupt his marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
Can Elvira be persuaded to leave? Or will she stubbornly float around forever?
The timeless comedy farce still enthralls audiences today as it did in 1941, with echoes of desire, love and revenge.
The production will feature KLODS favourites David Coles, Sandra Cartwright, Susan Power, Elaine Johnson, Jackie Patnell, Tony Downing and Jill Catmull in the lead roles.
Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will be at Lynn Arts Centre from Thursday, November 7, to Saturday, November 9, with performances at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £9, or £8 for concessions, and are available from the box office on 01553 764864, or online at www.kingslynnarts.co.uk