Two of the stars of long-running Mike Bullen TV drama Cold Feet are to reunite on stage in a forthcoming production of Blithe Spirit.
Hermione Norris (Spooks) and Robert Bathurst (Alex), who played a husband and wife in the drama, will reunite on stage as spouses Charles and Ruth Condomine in the play.
Blithe Spirit will also star Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey) as Madame Arcati, and opens at the Theatre Royal Bath in November before a UK tour. The show will then come to the Apollo Theatre in London from 2 March.
Noel Coward’s comedy will be directed by Thea Sharrock, who is currently enjoying enormous success for her production of Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance at the National Theatre. She will return to Rattigan next year for his Centenary by directing Cause Célèbre, which will open at the Old Vic Theatre on 17 March, a few days after Blithe Spirit opens in London.
No stranger to Blithe Spirit, Sharrock directed a 2004 production of the play at the Savoy Theatre starring Penelope Keith. The Noel Coward classic, first produced in 1941, has had numerous UK revivals in the last few years. In the play, the novelist Charles Condomine (Bathurst) and his second wife Ruth (Norris) are haunted when an eccentric medium (Steadman) manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance.
Robert Bathurst has recently completed a UK tour of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter.