Blithe Spirit Takes Stage for Ghostly Revival

Two-week run starts on Halloween

The Beacon Theatre, Beacon’s performance hall celebrating its 80th year on historic Main Street, teams up with their house company, 4th Wall Productions, to revive Noel Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit. Performances begin Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m., and continue the following weekend, Nov. 7–9 at The Beacon, 445 Main St. in Beacon.

Directed by 4th Wall Company Manager Holly Roush, Blithe Spirit concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

“It’s a nice change of pace from the usual Halloween ‘scary’ fare,” said Roush, “but still involves all the elements we come to associate with the holiday — mediums, ghosts, hauntings — [Coward] just adds in the laughter.”

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at thebeacontheatre.org or at the door.

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