Noel Coward took the title from Shelley's poem "To a Skylark." ("Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert.")
Madam Arcati was originally played by Margaret Rutherford and most recently earned Angela Lansbury her fifth Tony Award in the 2009 Broadway revival.
Blithe Spirit has been performed at the CTC in 1945, 1965 (shown here) and 1994.