With Blithe Spirit coming to an end Dame Angela plants to go back to the West End after a short break. Maybe in The Chalk Garden (which was supposed to be on Broadway) or Restoration comedy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-news/10872790/Dame-Angela-Lansbury-lines-up-her-next-roles.html Dame Angela Lansbury lines up her next roles Dame Angela Lansbury says she hopes to do more theatre in the West End after she finishes as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit By Tim Walker7:30AM BST 04 Jun 2014 Dame Angela Lansbury makes her final appearance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit this weekend, but the indefatigable 88-year-old actress is adamant that she won’t be away from the West End for long. “I like the idea of doing Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden,” she tells Mandrake. “Now that is an interesting play. I also rather fancy the idea of a Restoration comedy.” She plans to allow herself a “short break” after the show closes, but she has “no intention” of retiring from the stage. She has been applauded nightly at the Gielgud Theatre not merely when she takes her final bows, but when she makes her first appearance. “I think it is simply an expression of astonishment that I am still able to put one leg in front of the other,” she says, self-deprecatingly. When I tell her that the last actor I saw being accorded the honour was the arch Republican Charlton Heston in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial almost 30 years ago, the lifelong Democrat laughs ruefully and says that she would rather not have been told that. Dame Angela says the audiences she has attracted for Blithe Spirit – and the ones her fellow octogenarian Robert Vaughn drew to Twelve Angry Men – demonstrate how misguided “ageist” attitudes are in her profession. Meanwhile, I hear that Encore cinema is to screen her stage appearance with James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy tomorrow at 150 cinemas across the UK. To book tickets or confirm showing times in your region, please visit www.cinestage.co.uk/daisy.
Indeed, she's especially highly regarded among active members of the Labour party due to her grandfather, George Lansbury, a former leader of the party and a social reformer. She's of course also a democrat and socialist. Not sure if he saw the play, but here's a recent photo of Dame Angela and Ed Miliband, the current leader of the Labour party.
...and here's a picture of her single handedly fighting off the Nazi invasion and keeping the flag flying for king and country... Where was Maggie Smith then?
Dame Maggie kept herself busy by romanticizing fascist leaders and screwing fellow teacher in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
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