Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
A white bandage. Madam Arcati senses another strong psychic force within the house - but can only identitify it by a white bandage . . . the bandage that Edith gained after falling downstairs as a result of Elvira having spread axle grease on the top step . . . Ooooh! It's a lovely plot!
An awful shawl. Elvira takes stock on the downfall of "her" house since her death. She doesn't approve of the shawl or the curtains or the nasturtiums . . .
A cheese thing. Ruth was trying to figure out the cause of Charles's "apparition". As he says - "Why should eating a cheese thing for lunch make me see my deceased wife after dinner?"
Mrs. Plummet. Old Mrs Plummet was rather deaf . . . Madam Arcati had to shout to make herself heard.
Genghis Khan. Elvira described Genghis Khan as "... a very sweet old Oriental gentleman ...".
Daphne. Daphne was a young child when she 'passed over'. She had a fondness for Irving Berlin and non-rhyming nursery-rhymes.
enthusiastic biographies of minor royalties. The hero of Madam Arcati's latest book is a moss beetle . . .
probably wouldn't have approved at all. Naturally Doctor Bradman and his wife would be far more likely to participate in a seance than the disapproving, dreary Vicar . . .
Margaret Rutherford.. Madam Arcati was originally written as a small role for a rather eccentric female friend of Coward's. However, as the role grew in stature the part was given to a more 'seasoned' actor: Margaret Rutherfold, who could have been born to play the peculiar Madam A!
Gertrude Lawrence partnered Coward for a lot of his earlier musical works.
Fay Compton played Ruth in the original production.
Mildred Natwick played Madam Arcati in the original American production.
ghost. As taken from Coward's diary for Apr 22 1941. He also felt that the play "...may be good."