Angela Lansbury to star in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud theatre in London

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Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury coming to the Gielgud theatre in London

Angela Lansbury is set to star in the classic Noël Coward comedy play, Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud theatre in London’s West End.

Blithe spirit at the Gielgud theatre in London

The Murder she wrote star Angela Lansbury is set to return to the West End for the first time in more than 30 years, reprising the role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit that she performed on Broadway in 2009.

Blithe Spirit will run at the Gielgud Theatre in London from 1st March 2014 with the opening gala night scheduled for the 18 March 2014.

Angela Lansbury said: “Coward is the essence of a Britishness long gone”, adding that she feels in “terrific shape” for the London run, but she “hopes to God I can still fly around at the same rate”.

Rumours have been circulating since 2009, although Angela Lansbury hasn’t appeared in the West End since a string of starring roles in the mid-1970s, including Gypsy and Hamlet.

Tickets for Blithe Spirit are available for a strictly limited 15 week season only.

The play is about the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

Charles’ scheme backfires when after the séance  he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Noel Coward’s comedy was first staged in London’s West End in 1941, and proved to be an enormous hit creating a record for a play of nearly 2,000 performances. Subsequently Blithe Spirit has enjoyed numerous revivals both in the West End and on Broadway during the 1970’s and the 1980’s. It has since been revived in London’s West End in 2004 and 2011 and returns again in 2014.

The show in London is being directed by Michael Blakemore and the cast will also include Charles Edwards as Condomine, Janie Dee as Ruth and Jemima Rooper as Elvira, says the Mail.