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Royal Canadian Theatre Company brings Blithe Spirit to New Westminster

Noël Coward's classic comedy is onstage at Anvil Centre Theatre Oct. 21 to 24
Blithe Spirit Ellie King
Ellie King stars as Madame Arcati in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. The Royal Canadian Theatre Company production is on at Anvil Centre Theatre Oct. 21 to 24.

A classic comedy from the golden age of English theatre is coming to the stage in New Westminster.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is staging Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, onstage at the Anvil Centre Oct. 21 to 24.

The play is directed by New Westminster resident Kerri Norris and marks a return to the stage for Ellie King, the company’s founder and artistic director. King is well-known in New Westminster as the founder of the former Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre, which operated in the former Columbia Theatre.

This time out, King will star as Madame Arcati, a strange medium invited by author Charles Condomine to conduct a séance in order to give him some insight for his next book. Charles gets a great deal more than he expects when the séance brings an unexpected presence back from the dead – his deceased first wife, Elvira, whose return now threatens Charles’ happy life with his current wife, Ruth.

The play is suitable for families with older children (12+).

It’s onstage Thursday, Oct. 21; Friday, Oct. 22; and Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. The Oct. 24 matinee is a special relaxed performance specifically designed for those with intellectual, sensory or other challenges.

Anvil Centre Theatre is on the third floor at 777 Columbia St.

The production is also onstage at the Surrey Arts Centre Oct. 15 and 16.

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