Theatre company takes on Blithe Spirit in anniversary year

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CARLISLE'S popular Green Room Club at the West Walls Theatre is marking 65 its 65th anniversary this year.

As part of the celebrations, the amateur theatre company perform Noël Coward's classic play Blithe Spirit from Monday June 26 to Saturday July 1.

The comic play, which opened in the West End in 1941 before being adapted into a well-known film, starring Rex Harrison, four years later, focuses on Charles Condomine, his wife Ruth and late wife Elvira.

Charles invites medium Madame Arcati to conduct a séance at his dinner party in order to gain research for his next book.

As a result of the séance, she raises the ghost of his late wife Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira and no one seems to believe him at first. Soon Elvira makes her presence known and seems eager to reclaim her former husband - either in this world or the next.

The production is directed by Jack Lester, who moved to Carlisle five years ago from Middlesbrough to study Performing Arts at the University of Cumbria. This will be Jack’s directing debut and he has stated how much he has enjoyed working on such a wonderful production and bringing to life some creative characters, alongside an amazing set and jaw dropping special effects.

The performance will feature a cast with some well-known faces at the Green Room, such as Sebastian Coombe and BBC Cumbria’s Caroline Robertson, as well as some new faces.

The show runs at 7.30pm each night, and tickets are available in advance from Carlisle Tourist Information Office, in the Old Town Hall.

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