WHEN the Nonentities Society first took to stage, war was steadily brewing in Europe, George VI was King and Blithe Spirit was still to be written.

For their 80th season, the society have decided to perform a play from each decade since they began performing - starting with Blithe Spirit, representing 1937 to 1947.

The society is setting the production very firmly in 1937 in homage to their founders, but Noel Coward originally premiered the play at the Piccadilly Theatre, in London, in 1941.

Charles, a successful novelist, and his wife, Ruth, invite a medium into their home in order to conduct a little research into what they believe to be phoney practice. Unfortunately for them - Madame Arcarti is more than capable and summons the ghost of Charles' first wife, Elvira, and chaos ensues.

With supernatural shenanigans and ghostly goings-on, Elvira's re-arrival means there is never a dull moment in this classic, that has haunted the British stage since it was written.

With Coward's trademark wit and uncanny observation of human behaviour, Blithe Spirit remains fresh and funny, and a delightful distraction from everyday life.

The Nonentities Society's performance runs at the Rose Theatre between Monday (September 11) and Saturday, September 16.

For tickets, call the box office on 01562 743745 or visit rosetheatre.co.uk.