Angela Lansbury revealed in a new interview with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on the podcast program The Conversation, that she will reprise her Tony Award-winning role of Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre. Previews are set to begin on March 1, with an official opening date of March 18. Booking is currently open until June 7.
In a statement Lansbury shared, “I am hopefully going to be going to London to recreate my role in Blithe Spirit of Madame Arcati. We could start working on the rehearsal period before Christmas and open after Christmas or we might not start until after Christmas in total. So, we’ll see – but that has not been decided yet.”
Blithe Spirit tells the story of novelist Charles Condomine whose second wife Ruth invites local medium Madame Arcati to his house to help him research the spirit world for a book. When Arcati summons up the ghost of his first wife Elvira, Condomine finds himself caught in a perplexing love triangle that spans this world and the next.
Lansbury has had quite a successful career which has included five Tony Awards. Her career stretches far back and encompasses movies, Broadway, and television roles. She recently starred alongside James Earl Jones in the tour of Driving Miss Daisy. She also has appeared in productions such as Anyone Can Whistle, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music. She is probably best known for her role as mystery novelist-cum-sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the popular television series Murder, She Wrote. Of her longstanding career, Lansbury said, “You have to have the stamina of an ox [and] never take anything for granted.”