Angela Lansbury will return to the role that won her a Tony in “Blithe Spirit,” leading the cast of a North American tour that launches in December.
Lansbury, just feted at an American Theater Wing gala last night, first played the batty psychic, Madame Arcati, in the Noel Coward comedy in a Tony-winning turn on Broadway in 2009. She also played the part in a London run that ended earlier this year.
Michael Blakemore (“Noises Off”) returns to direct the road production, which will also star Charles Edwards, Jemima Rooper and Charlotte Parry, among others.
These days it’s rare for a big-name Tony winner to go out on the road. But beloved theater veteran Lansbury is known as a trooper, and the high profile she enjoys as the former star of “Murder, She Wrote” seems likely to attract audience interest around the country.
The “Blithe Spirit” tour is spearheaded by the show’s Broadway producers — Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler — as well as Lee Dean, John Frost, Charles Diamond and Will Trice in association with JAM.
The production kicks off at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater in December, with stops to follow in San Francisco, Toronto and Washington D.C.