Ghostly goings on

West Haddon Players say they are ready to take on the comedy classic.
West Haddon Players say they are ready to take on the comedy classic.

Halloween might be over, but it has not stopped an amateur dramatics group presenting something spooky in their new show.

The West Haddon Players are entering into the spooky autumn mood with the classic supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit, written for the stage by Noel Coward.

It tells the story of author Charles Condomine, who is reasonably happy with second wife Ruth. However, things start to go array for the writer when he arranges a séance as part of his research for his next novel and ends up with more than he bargained for.

His first wife Elvira appears from beyond the grave – and much to his surprise and Ruth’s annoyance, moves in with them.

This proves to be only the start of Charles’ problems as matters repeatedly take a turn for the worst. Noel Coward’s witty writing and lots of spooky moments will ensure a great evening of entertainment for all.

The play was first performed in the West End in 1941 and created a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances.

It was also turned into a 1945 film starring Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford.

The performances of Blithe Spirit run from Thursday, November 20 to Saturday, November 22 and they start each night at 7.30pm.

There will be a licenced bar to assist with your enjoyment.

Tickets, priced at £8 with concessions costing £6, are available by calling Jane Porter on 01788 510503 or by emailing

West Haddon Players are not the only amateur dramatics group providing entertainment this month.

Braunston Players’ annual November show is called Noughties, Tens and the Roaring Twenties.

The show is based around three parts with the first being a look at the Edwardian Music Hall from around 1903.

The second part is an original play written by Nick Marsh and tells the tale of a factory where women have been working while the men are at war.

The finale is set around the roaring Twenties when the group looks to America for some singing based around the songs of George Gershwin. The show’s producer Chris Grossart, who is also the group’s chairman, said: “It is nice that we have been able to team up with some of the Braunston Singers for the show.

“It is a lively show and we would encourage people to join in, especially during the music hall with laughter, tears and plenty of beer flowing.”

The show runs from Wednesday November 26 to Saturday November 29. Doors open at 7.15pm and the show starts at 7.45pm.

Tickets for the show are £6 and can be bought from the Boat Shop at the Bottom Lock by calling 01788 891310.