Angela Lansbury to star in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre next year

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Angela Lansbury, Janie Dee and Charles Edwards are to star in a new production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward in the West End next year.

The show marks Lansbury’s first appearance on a London stage in almost 40 years.

Her last appearance in the capital was as Gertrude in the National Theatre production of Hamlet in 1975.

Directed by Michael Blakemore, Blithe Spirit will run at the Gielgud Theatre from March 1 to June 7, 2014.

It is designed by Simon Higlett. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Blithe Spirit is produced in the West End by Lee Dean, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, John Frost, Steve Traxler and Charles Diamond.