Blithe Spirit was first produced at the Manchester Opera House in June 1941, before making its West End premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre the following month. It held the record for the longest running non-musical play in the West End, only surpassed by The Mousetrap in 1957. The play premiered on Broadway in November 1941 at the Morosco Theatre, running for 657 performances. In 1945, the play was made into a film, with Rex Harrison playing Charles Condomine. Blithe Spirit has had many successful revivals throughout the years and was even transformed into a musical, High Spirits, in 1964.