Blithe Spirit: Angela Lansbury is Buoyant & Entertaining at almost 90


Earlier this week, I attended Opening Night of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson Theatre starring Oscar and five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury in the leading role as the quirky and charismatic Madame Arcati. This smash-hit comedy arrives in Los Angeles following its acclaimed and sold-out engagements on Broadway and London’s West End.

“When Angela Lansbury takes the stage as Madame Arcati, a supernatural charge is
instantly detectable…comic radiance…diamond-sharp wit.”
-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

The comedy begins when Charles Condomine (played by Charles Edwards of Downton Abbey) announces that he is doing research for character ideas for his new novel and decides to invite the eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. Needless to say, comedic antics ensue with Angela Lansbury at the center of it all and she is delightfully funny, energetic, affable and vibrant at age 90 in this memorable role. She is so fun to watch and just makes you smile throughout the whole play.

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