Notre Dame theater season presents Noel Coward’s "Blithe Spirit"

by Christine Sopczynski

Blithe Spirit

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” April 13 to 18 (Tuesday to Sunday) in the Decio Mainstage Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $10 for all students. Tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 574-631-2800, or by purchasing them online at

A 2009-10 FTT theater season production, the play is directed by Jay Paul Skelton, an FTT faculty member.

In “Blithe Spirit,” Charles and his charming second wife, Ruth, live comfortably in the country, but all of that is about to change. Charles plans an amusing evening with the Bradmans by inviting Madame Arcati, a medium, to their home to hold a séance. The event turns into a nightmare of hilarity, however, when a very jealous Elvira, Charles’ first wife, returns from the hereafter and attempts to take matters into her own ethereal hands. Coward’s “improbable farce in three acts,” the story takes the audience on an amusing journey through this world and the next in one of the theater’s most enduring comedy classics.

More information, including a complete schedule of performances, is available at

Contact: Jay Paul Skelton, director, 574-631-2636,