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Sophie is a leading lady in Noel Coward Classic

07 March 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

Congratulations to former student Sophie Montgomery who has successfully auditioned for the lead role of Elvira in ‘Blithe Spirit’, Noel Coward’s classic comedy. The play will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal on 7th and 8th April.

The play will be the debut production of The Butler Company – the Georgian Theatre Royal’s new professional acting troupe and is Sophie’s first professional role. Rehearsals are already underway and Sophie is also currently rehearsing in Glasgow for the Scottish Opera Young Company’s next production. The photographs of Sophie are from last year’s Scottish Opera Young Company’s production of the Tsar has his photograph taken, when Sophie performed the lead role of Angele.

The new professional Butler Theatre Company, named after the Theatre’s founder and first manager, Samuel Butler (who built the Theatre in 1788), will promote exciting and creative theatre in North Yorkshire. The Company, which has been set up with the generous support of The Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal, will operate on an entirely professional basis. Profits from each of the shows will be shared between the performers and the Theatre, and actors will accrue credits through the national Mandy casting network.

Blithe Spirit itself is a big hitter in the dramatic hall of fame. Written in 1941, it became one of the West End’s longest-running shows and its inventive wit and farcical humour continues to entertain audiences of all generations.

The plot follows a dinner hosted by novelist and socialite Charles Condomine. Hoping to gather material for his next book, he invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance. However, he gets more than he bargained for when the temperamental spirit of his first wife, Elvira, is inadvertently summoned and attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

To book tickets visit the Georgian Theatre’s Box Office.

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