Farcical fun with performance of Coward play in Huntingdon

From left, Lynne Livingstone, Martin Woodruff and Lucy Crawford.

From left, Lynne Livingstone, Martin Woodruff and Lucy Crawford. - Credit: Archant

One husband, two feuding wives, and a whisper of mischief are the irresistible ingredients of Noël Coward’s unworldly comedy.

The Shakespeare at the George Trust is putting the bard on the back burner in spring next year for an indoor production of the feted flamboyant playwright’s masterpiece Blithe Spirit.

Titled SaTG in the Parlour, it will be performed over four evenings in the Manchester Room at The George Hotel, Huntingdon.

But the crowds who have come to love the group’s outdoor production of Shakespeare need not fear - they will also put on The Merry Wives of Windsor at the same venue from Tuesday, June 23 to Saturday, July 4.

Tickets are now on sale for the offshoot company’s debut, directed by Charlotte Maylor, which will run from Tuesday, March 25, until Saturday, March 28. The plot follows Charles Condomine, who, while carrying out research for his new novel, invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, she unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’s dead wife, Elvira.

Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’s new wife, Ruth.

Just who will triumph in the end remains to be seen in this sharply written comedy.

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Blithe Spirit is an audience favourite, portraying the work of a consistently popular playwright.

Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, and Design For Living have become a cornerstone of the theatrical repertoire.

With only 480 tickets available for this production, compared to over 2,000 for SaTG’s summer production, early booking is recommended.

Gather for an evening of farcical mayhem showcasing Coward at the prime of his prowess, performed by a renowned Huntingdonshire theatrical group.

The Hunts Post has a pair of tickets for the Thursday, March 26 show to give away.

To stand a chance of winning, just tell us the name of the 1942 patriotic war film Coward directed.

Email your answers to competitions@huntspost.co.uk by January 7.

INFORMATION: Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8.50, plus a booking fee, from www.satg.org.uk/tickets.