Programme – Blithe Spirit

Napier Repertory Players

Blithe Spirit

A play by
Noel Coward

Directed by
Sharon Kerr

Blithe Spirit


Noel Coward



Ruth – Jan Gare

Charles – Brent Fairlie

Elvira – Erin Smith

Madame Arcati – Margaret Dempsey

Mrs Bradman – Sharon Dudding

Dr Bradman – David Bane

Edith – Ruth Wivell

The action takes place in the living room of the Condomine’s house in Kent.

Act 1   Scene 1 – Mid to late afternoon
Scene 2 – Same day, after dinner

Act 2   Scene 1 – 9:30 the next morning

There will be a fifteen minute interval

Act 2   Scene 2 – Late the following afternoon
Scene 3 – Evening several days later

There will be a five minute interval

Act 3   Scene 1 – Evening a few days later
Scene 2 – Several hours later

Napier Repertory Players would like to acknowledge the WestpacTrust for their substantial financial grant toward the air conditioning, of this theatre


Director   Sharon Kerr
Production Secretary   Alex Randrup
Prompt   Mary Fisher
Set Construction   Tony Scott, Malcolm Smith, Mike Smith, Brent Fairlie and Jeff Elkins
Set Design   KAYE
Set Painting   Murray Farquhar and KAYE
Lighting   Tony Unsworth and Crew
Lighting Operator   Denys Meek
Sound Design   David Holmes
Sound Operator   Lisa Berry
Stage Manager   Malcolm Smith
Properties   Alex Randrup, Annette Elgie and Maria Patterson
Wardrobe   Jean Hunter and Annette Elgie
Photography   David Lowe
Publicity   Mike Smith and Amanda Jackson
Chef   Tony Scott
Backstage   Murray Farquhar, Mike Smith and Jeff Elkins
Programme   Jeff Elkins

The Napier Repertory Players would like to thank the following, for their invaluable assistance

Raphael Furnishing Studios Ltd
David Lowe Photographer
Hayter & Flemming Signwriters
Anderson Nurseries
Eve’s Ceramics
Pronto Copy
Zoe Baker

Especially, we would like to thank the unnamed heroes
Those dedicated people who usher, who wait on tables, or help out in the kitchen

Napier Repertory really does value your SERVICES

Thank you

Sir Noel Pierce Coward 1899 – 1973

Playwright, composer, actor, director and wit, Noel Coward was all of these in a career which began when he first appeared on stage in a children’s play in 1911

His first play “The Vortex” (in which he not only wrote, but also starred in and directed – a trend he pursued with most of his plays) first appeared on stage in London in 1924.
Although most of Coward’s 30 or so plays are noted for their biting satire and sophisticated wit, they also proved him capable of moving and tender sentiment.
Many of his more renown plays including “Private Lives”, “Fallen Angels”, “Hay Fever” and “Blithe Spirit” have been performed on stages around the world (including Napier Repertory) some adapting successfully to the silver screen

His songs were noted for their melodies and clever lyrics. Among the most popular are “I’ll See You Again”, “Some Day I’ll Find You “, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” and “Mrs Worthington”

Coward received his knighthood in 1970

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  • Zoe Baker
  • David Bane
  • Lisa Berry
  • Noel Coward
  • Margaret Demspy
  • Sharon Dudding
  • Annette Elgie
  • Jeff Elkins
  • Brent Fairlie
  • Murray Farquhar
  • Mary Fisher
  • Jane Gare
  • David Holmes
  • Jean Hunter
  • Amanda Jackson
  • Sharon Kerr
  • David Lowe
  • Denys Meek
  • Maria Patterson
  • Alex Randrup
  • Tony Scott
  • Erin Smith
  • Malcolm Smith
  • Mike Smith
  • Tony Unsworth
  • Ruth Wivell
  • Kaye

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