Angela Triumphs On The Stage In London

New Yorkers saw Angela Lansbury in “Blithe Spirit” years ago, but the performance is only now being recreated in London. Angie’s turn as Madame Arcati has met with rave reviews — read them here. The Daily Mail gushes: ‘Does she convince as this dotty old cabbage? Of course.’ But The Guardian raises a good point: ‘Good as it is to see Angela Lansbury back on a London stage after nearly 40 years, her presence has a faintly distorting effect on an otherwise fine revival of Noël Coward’s “improbable farce.” It is Lansbury’s image that dominates the posters, but Coward’s 1941 play is not called “Madame Arcati,” nor is it about spiritualism. It is really about a subject that haunts all Coward’s best comedies, which is the perils of long-term commitment.’

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