Dentons Kensington Swan season of

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

9 NOV - 28 NOV 2021 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours 20 mins, including interval



Raise your spirits with Noël Coward’s uproarious masterpiece!

When writer Charles Condomine visits spiritualist Madame Arcati to research his new book, what could possibly go wrong? That is, other than the resulting seance bringing Charles’ dead wife Elvira back to Earth – a development that doesn’t sit well with his new wife Ruth, particularly as Elvira’s attempts to reunite with her husband escalate...

When Blithe Spirit debuted in 1941 in war-torn London, its hysterical hijinks proved just the tonic for a shell-shocked population. A record-setting run followed and, over the decades, grand dames from Angela Lansbury to Judi Dench have filled Madame Arcati’s kaftan on stage and screen. Auckland Theatre Company proudly continues the tradition with our very own Lyn of Tawa, Ginette McDonald, leading a killer cast through Coward’s high-spirited signature farce.

Treat yourself to an other-worldly comic gem and a blissfully brilliant night out at the theatre!


Special Events

Backstage Story

Tuesday, 26 October, 6:30pm. FREE EVENT. Auckland Theatre Company Studios, 487 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden, Carpark & entry off Brixton Road. Discover the world behind the curtain, find out what takes place in the rehearsal room at these behind-the-scenes talks with the director, designers, and cast of each show.


Sunday, 14 November, 2:45pm. SOLD OUT. Raise your theatre experience to the next level by attending this informative pre-show event. Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre. You'll also need to purchase a ticket to the show if you wish to attend the performance after the event. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.

Accessible Performances

All mainstage shows in the Auckland Theatre Company 2021 season have an NZSL Interpreted and an Audio Described performance, which give Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and blind and low-vision patrons the opportunity to enjoy the shows. Audio Described and NZSL Interpreted performances are open to all as they do not change how shows are presented. 

How to Book

All tickets to accessible performances are $20 each for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison customers. One companion ticket per Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison theatregoer is also available for $20. 
Please contact the box office on (09) 309 3395 or email [email protected] to book Audio-Described or NZSL-Interpreted performances, touch tours, wheelchair-accessible seats, or if you have any special requirements.

Audio Described & Touch Tour

Sunday 21 November. Touch Tour 2.30pm. Audio Described performance 4.00pm. Audio Described performances provide a live audio commentary by passionate professionals from Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd as they describe the actions onstage. This commentary is relayed to blind and low-vision patrons via an earpiece which can be booked in advanced and picked up from the theatre box office. Touch Tours are held one and a half hours before the show. Patrons can walk through the set, touch props, feel costumes and familiarise themselves with visual and sensory materials in the performance.

NZSL Interpreted

Thursday 25 November 8.00pm. As part of NZSL Interpreted performances, a trained interpreter from Platform Interpreting signs dialogue from the actors on stage to Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience. The interpreter works closely with the show’s script, cast and director to match the lines and action onstage as well as the tone, attitude and body language of the actors. Special seats are reserved for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, so they have a clear view of the interpreter signing towards them.