Blithe Spirit  
Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

Directed by Dan Usztan

Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th October and Tuesday 29th October - Saturday 2nd November
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 26th October and 2nd November

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Novelist Charles Condomine invites the hapless clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his latest book. However, Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the irritation of Charles' second, and very much alive, wife Ruth.

One husband, two wives and a hopeless medium - who will win in Coward's spooktacular comedy of high spirits!

This classic farce was first seen in the West End in 1941, running for almost 2,000 performances and later became a successful film.

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Ruth Condomine : Anna Fiorentini
Edith : Myriam Laurent
Charles Condomine : David Hankinson
Dr Bradman : Alistair Maydon
Mrs Bradman : Louisa Shindle
Madame Arcati : Alison Liney
Elvira Condomine : Sophie King


Production Team

Director : Dan Usztan
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Tamara Douglas-Morris

Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Assistant Director : Guyene Muneesamy
Wig Design : Ryan Walklett
Assistant Stage Manager : Linda Shannon
Lighting Operator : Steph Siraut
Sound Operator : Michelle Roebuck

Anna Fiorentini returns to the Tower Theatre after 6 years, where her last role was Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Following this she co-produced and appeared in a musical comedy, European Love Café, at the Canal Café Theatre. Other Tower credits include Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Annie in The Real Thing. Outside of the Tower she has played Regan in King Lear (Greenwich Playhouse), the Singer in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Young Vic) and Laura in ChuckleVision (BBC). Anna took a break from acting over the past 5 years to set up her company Stage and the City, performing arts evening classes for adults that wish to have fun; the adult branch of the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School.
Myriam Laurent came back to acting only a few years ago, attending Cours Florent drama school in Paris before moving to London in early 2018. She joined the Tower Theatre Company in January 2019 and has loved the camaraderie and sense of community that is so apparent between members ("where everybody knows your name ..."). This is her first production with the group and having worked in Finance for almost a decade, Myriam is keen to go down a more creative path and do more!
David Hankinson trained at The Oxford School of Drama with a scholarship from Michael Codron, the legendary theatre producer who saw future stars in Joe Orton and Harold Pinter. So far, David has proved that even Codron doesn't always get it right (there's still time) but he has enjoyed an occasionally successful career as an actor. His favourite role was Algernon in a UK tour of The Importance of Being Earnest but the credit on his CV that breaks the ice at parties is the one that says 'Dalek Operator in Doctor Who from 2005 to 2008'. This is David's third production for the Tower, following his performances as Michael Quince MP in Pravda and Trigorin in The Seagull.
Alistair Maydon is delighted to be working with Dan again after playing Archbishop Warham in last year's Wolf Hall. Parts played at the new Tower include Yakov and Assistant Director in The Seagull, James Reiss in King Charles III and various parts (including a chicken) in The Canterbury Tales.
Louisa Shindle joined Tower Theatre in 2007. Her acting credits for the Tower include Betty Chumley in Harvey, Lady Edwina Leighton in Sherlock Holmes, the Laundress in The Trial, Rachel in The Sea, Clara in Hay Fever and Kitty in Taking Steps.  She also played Cora in SEDOS's production of Gormenghast.  A soprano, she regularly sings and performs in chorus roles, most recently as a 1950s cigarette girl in Grosvenor Light Opera Company's HMS Pinafore and as a Victorian bridesmaid in Chapel End Savoy Players' Ruddigore.
Alison Liney has been involved in amateur drama for a very long time and has been a member of the Tower since 1997. She alternates between acting and crewing shows, most recently as Stage Manager on Deposit. Recent roles include Jean in To Kill a Mockingbird, the nurse in Antigone, Mrs Wilberforce in The Ladykillers, Q in Handbagged and Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw.

Sophie King is appearing in her second production with the Tower Theatre : she was Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall last year. Previously she played Lisa Hopkins in the Impact Theatre Company's production of Made in Dagenham. Whilst at University she was an active member of Oxford University Drama Society, playing Evelyn in The Shape of Things and a lead role in a piece of new writing, There's Only One Lord Byron, at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan Usztan's previous directing work for the Tower includes Wolf Hall (Minack Theatre/Lincoln's Inn/Bridewell Theatre); Road (Bridewell Theatre) and One Man, Two Guvnors and After The Dance (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). Directing elsewhere includes The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Crucible and Daisy Pulls It Off (Woodhouse Players) and The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard Theatre). By day he is an agent, representing directors, writers and designers in theatre and TV.