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Blithe Spirit - Ruthie Henshall joins cast

Blithe Spirit

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RUTHIE Henshall will play Elvira in the Theatre Royal Bath production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which runs at the Apollo Theatre for a limited season – from March 9 (previews from March 2) to June 18, 2011.

Henshall’s extensive musical theatre credits include Marguerite (title role), Miss Saigon, Stairway to Paradise, The Other Woman, The Woman in White (as Marion Halcome), Chicago (as both Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart), Fosse, Peggy Sue Got Married (title role), Putting It Together, Divorce Me Darling, Oliver! (as Nancy), She Loves Me, Crazy for You and Les Miserables (as Fantine).

As a recording artist, she has featured on numerous cast recordings and compilation CDs; while her solo CDs include Pilgrim, The Ruthie Henshall Album and Love is Here to Stay. She has also appeared as a judge on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.

Later this year, her new solo show, Ruthie Henshall – Sounds of Hollywood will visit London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of a six venue tour.

Previously Posted: Cold Feet‘s Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris (David and Karen Marsden) will join Alison Steadman in the cast of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which runs at the Apollo Theatre for a limited season – from March 2 to June 18, 2011.

Novelist Charles Condomine (Bathurst) and his second wife Ruth (Norris) are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium (Steadman) manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance.

They have assumed the preposterous Madame Arcati is a fraud who will simply entertain their dinner guests with a little chicanery and supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel. But when Elvira appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – begin to get complicated.

Bathurst’s theatre credits include Three Sisters (opposite Kristin Scott Thomas), Hedda Gabler (alongside Francesca Annis), the Olivier nominated Whipping It Up, Members Only and Alex. As well as Cold Feet, he has appeared on screen in My Dad’s the Prime Minister, Coup!, My Family and Emma (as Mr Weston).

Since Cold Feet Norris has starred in two successful TV dramas, Wire in the Blood and Spooks. Earlier in her career, she appeared on stage in the 1994 production of September Tide at the Comedy Theatre and more recently, in the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic.

Blithe Spirit will be directed by Thea Sharrock.

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