Angela Goss turns in a splendidly eccentric virtuouso performance in Joe Butcher's production of Noel Coward's spiritual comedy. But her Madam Arcati contains a pleasing fizz which only briefly flickered elsewhere. Stylish turns littered the stage but they rarely gelled in the manner required to bring the ultra light Coward wit to life. Anna Carter-Brown (Ruth) and Matthew Flitton (Charles) skilfully and waspishly sparred, and Jenny Monaghan's maid strutted the stage with comedic aplomb. But all suffered on a bleak set, unrealistically lit. I shall mull on it all. Not least that this Blithe Spirit, not bad by any means, was a little less than the sum of its individual parts.
Runs to Saturday 24th March 2012. (The Little Theatre - 7.45pm)
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