A Ghostly Comedy - Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the
socialite and novelist Charles Condomine. In order to gain research
material for a new novel, Charles engages Madame Arcati, a spiritual
medium and clairvoyant of uncertain talent, to conduct a séance in his
Quite by accident, Arcati summons the spirit of Charles’ temperamental
first wife Elvira, and of course is quite unable to make the disruptive spirit
go away. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to
his second wife, Ruth, who can neither see nor hear the ghost.