Dame Angela Lansbury is making her long-awaited return to the West End this spring, reviving her Tony Award-winning role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Speaking at the show’s press conference at the Gielgud Theatre on Thursday, Lansbury said returning to the stage “feels like coming home.”
Lansbury plays the eccentric psychic medium in Noel Coward’s comic play, a role which she describes as “one of the best parts I’ve ever had in the theatre”. “I think it’s an extraordinary character and I adore playing her. I love going out on stage every night”, she added.
Lansbury, now 88, is making her first return to the West End in 40 years. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, Moyna MacGill, who made her debut at the Gielgud Theatre in 1918.
Famed for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, Lansbury said she hoped to make audiences “forget about Jessica Fletcher for two hours and introduce them to Madame Arcati.” “I would love it to be a smash hit. Everything possible is being done to make that happen” the Dame added.
The show will see her reunited with director Michael Blakemore who she worked with on the Broadway version of the production in 2009. The cast will also include Jemima Rooper, Janie Dee, Charles Edwards, Simon Jones, Patsy Ferran and Sandra Dickinson.
The show begins its limited run on 1st March, with performances until 7th June.