Ontario Visited News – Our SHAW FESTIVAL Adventure!
~ Enjoying Blithe Spirit ~
Experiencing Shaw Festival’s Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit – a comedic delight of supernatural encounters and spirited humor. Don’t miss the theatrical magic!
With anticipation for the Shaw Festival’s performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, we arrived in plenty of time.
Our hostess/usher Blithe Spirit was Sandra, who also helped us at the Spiegeltent for The Game of Love and Chance show.
She was exceptionally friendly and helpful with the special wheelchair seating access. It was a warm welcome and great way to start the show!
Without being a “spoiler alert” again, we encourage you to check out Shaw Festival performances where many opportunities to see live productions, top notch acting, amazing stage sets and so much more.
About Noel Coward (Blithe Spirit)
Born in 1899, Noël Coward was raised as a working class boy in the London suburb of Teddington. His father was a travelling piano salesman and the family finances were often poor. His mother later ran a boarding house on the outskirts of Belgravia, London. From a young age Coward possessed a natural intelligence; he was an avid reader and instinctive performer with an insatiable ambition to learn and succeed.
Encouraged by his mother to attend a dance academy in London, Coward entered into the professional world of theatre at the age of 11. From this point on, his writing and acting career swiftly flourished and he gradually became acquainted with all the ‘right’ people from high society and the theatre world to ensure his future success.
Coward’s presence in the public eye turned him into a celebrity in his own right across both the UK and USA. The media avidly followed and reported on Coward’s plays and public appearances, elevating his celebrity status significantly as his career continued to develop.
Despite his high-profile persona and arguably lavish lifestyle, Coward was fundamentally a man who loved all artistic forms and possessed a work ethic like no other. He immersed himself in work from the age of 10. Consequently, he was hugely prolific; his final verse was written only days before he died.
Consequently, Coward became known as ‘The Master’ by many of his contemporaries and fans. A quote from Lord Louis Mountbatten on Coward’s 70th birthday perhaps best sums this up:
‘There are probably greater painters than Noël, greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret stars, greater TV stars. If there are, they are 14 different people. Only one man combined all 14 labels – The Master.’
Blithe Spirit was one of his most popular plays.
Holiday Season at The Shaw
Make sure you celebrate the holiday season with the return of one of the most romantic and magical musicals! What would you give up for love? Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. Classic songs like “Almost like being in love” and “I’ll go home with Bonnie Jean” will stay with you forever.
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