Like a top-billed trouper from time out of mind, Angela Lansbury will continue her Tony-winning, West End-haunting run as the spirited rare medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The star of all screens and stages is taking the show on the road for a North American tour slated to begin December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, officially opening December 14. Lansbury, who turns 89 on October 16, will then bring the Michael Blakemore production to San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, where the tour will end with a run at the National Theatre from March 17-29.
Lansbury won her fifth Tony Award for her performance as Madame Arcati in the 2009 Broadway revival of the comedy about a novelist who, in the name of research, invites the eccentric but dedicated Mme. Arcati to lead a seance attended by himself, his second wife and another couple. When the guide conjures the mischievous spirit of the writer’s deceased first wife, a kind of romantic hell invades the staid premises. The cast includes Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey), Jemima Rooper (The Black Dahlia, One Man, Two Guvnors) and Charlotte Parry (Coram Boy, The Importance Of Being Earnest).
The tour is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Lee Dean, John Frost, Charles Diamond and Will Trice in association with JAM Theatricals.