Angela Lansbury is set to appear in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Blithe Spirit,” joining a cast that includes Rupert Everett and Christine Ebersole.
Lansbury, who had been rumored to be on the producers’ wish list, will play eccentric psychic Madame Arcati in the revival of the 1941 Noel Coward comedy. The show reunites her with helmer Michael Blakemore, who directed Lansbury’s last Rialto outing, “Deuce,” in 2007.
Before “Deuce,” Lansbury (“Mame,” “Sweeney Todd”) had not appeared in a regular engagement on Broadway in almost 25 years.
Plot of “Blithe” centers on a man (Everett) haunted by the ghost of his first wife (Ebersole).
Design team of the revival includes Peter J. Davison (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lights). Show is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, also repped this season with “Speed-the-Plow,” opening next week.
“Blithe” aims to begin perfs in February at a Shubert theater to be announced.