Designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting designer - Richard Pilbrow Costume designer - Robin Fraser-Paye
Edith - Susan Williamson
Ruth - Rowena Cooper
Charles - Richard Johnson
Dr. Bradman - Geoffrey Chater
Mrs. Bradman - Joan Hickson
Madame Arcati - Elizabeth Spriggs
Elvira - Maria Aitken
"Mel Gussow: Do you particularly like Noel
Coward? Harold Pinter: Well, yes. I can't say that I read very
much Coward, but I was asked by Peter Hall to consider the play.
I read it and I thought it'd be fun to do. And it wasn't fun to
do. It was very hard to do. MG: Do you feel an affinity with Coward?
HP: I don't feel very much affinity, but I did admire a great
deal about Coward. He was a man of considerable range, and, again,
he could bring the house down. I love the fun and games of Blithe
Spirit. But one found that even he, a pretty economical writer,
went in for a kind of exposition that was somewhat laboured. There
was nothing one could do about it. There was no question of cutting
it. You had to live with it. That was the play."
Mel Gussow, Conversations with Harold Pinter,
London: Nick Hern, 1994, p.61.
"Harold addresses [the cast]: 'Noel Coward
calls this play an improbable farce. Well, I just wish to make
one thing clear - I do not regard it as improbable and I do not
regard it as a farce.'"
Peter Hall, John Goodwin (ed.), Peter Hal'1s
Diaries: The Story of a Dramatic Battle, London: Hamish Hamilton,