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Date of Birth: June 18, 1928 (87)
Birth Place: Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Gender: Male
Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company just†announced stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden will star in the†company's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & Jemima Rooper Talk Hilarious Costume Mishaps In BLITHE SPIRIT: 'It's A Whole Separate Play!'Angela Lansbury & Jemima Rooper Talk Hilarious Costume Mishaps In BLITHE SPIRIT: 'It's A Whole Separate Play!'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 13, 2015

Getting caught up in costume drama, literally! (more...)

UPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest RulingUPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest Ruling
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

As reported last night, Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal continues, with press agent Marc Thibodeau having been†found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 BowBroadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 Bow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the latest legal news from Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal, Deadline writes that press agent Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Fugard Theatre's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT to Play BAM This SummerFugard Theatre's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT to Play BAM This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

In this taut 2013 theatrical adaptation of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's award winning-book, the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin and head of its death squad, Eugene de Kock (played by Matthew Marsh), sits opposite psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (played Noma Dumezweni) in Pretoria Central Prison in 1997. Gobodo-Madikizela is a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined to understand his actions. She questions de Kock, who is sentenced to two life terms plus 212 years for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Donmar's CITY OF ANGELS Performs 'What You Don't Know About Women' at the Olivier AwardsSTAGE TUBE: Donmar's CITY OF ANGELS Performs 'What You Don't Know About Women' at the Olivier Awards
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2015

Sunday night, April 12, Donmar Warehouse's CITY OF ANGELS won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. Rebecca Trehearn and Rosalie Craig performed What You Don't Know About Women on the live broadcast. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Dame Angela Lansbury Accept Olivier Award for BLITHE SPIRIT!VIDEO: Watch Dame Angela Lansbury Accept Olivier Award for BLITHE SPIRIT!
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Dame Angela Lansbury won her first Olivier at the age of 89 at last night's Olivier Awards for best actress in a supporting role, as Madame Arcati in the West End's BLITHE SPIRIT at last night's Olivier Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of NoŽl Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour made its Washington premiere on March 17 and celebrated its final curtain call on March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the curtain call! (more...)

Additional Tix Available for BLITHE SPIRIT at National Theatre, Thru March 29Additional Tix Available for BLITHE SPIRIT at National Theatre, Thru March 29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

The producers of Noel Coward's smash hit comedic play BLITHE SPIRIT, starring television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Awardģ-winner Angela Lansbury, have announced that additional tickets have been made available for the remaining performances of the engagement at National Theatre now through March 29. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour makes its Washington premiere Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Angela Lansbury Triumphs in Heavenly BLITHE SPIRITBWW Reviews: Angela Lansbury Triumphs in Heavenly BLITHE SPIRIT
by Jeffrey Walker - Mar 20, 2015

Angela Lansbury has swooped into Washington in Noel Coward's sparkling comedy BLITHE SPIRIT and you owe it to yourself to see it. The production is an embarrassment of riches, with a stellar cast and expert direction by Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Queen Tells THE AUDIENCE's Kristin Scott Thomas: It Will Be 'Quite a Challenge' to Play MeQueen Tells THE AUDIENCE's Kristin Scott Thomas: It Will Be 'Quite a Challenge' to Play Me
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Kristin Scott Thomas had a special meeting with Queen Elizabeth II this week when she was made a Dame. The actress is set to portray the British royal beginning next month in the West End production of THE AUDIENCE. (more...)

Photo Flash: First-Released Image of Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in UK's THE AUDIENCEPhoto Flash: First-Released Image of Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in UK's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Kristin Scott Thomas will play the Queen in a new and updated version of Peter Morgan's The Audience. Stephen Daldry's production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Check out a newly released image below! (more...)

David Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCEDavid Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The Daily Mail reports that David Robb, David Calder, Michael Gould, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb, and Nicholas Woodeson have joined Kristin Scott Thomas in the new version of Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE. (more...)

Angela Lansbury Says She's Been Rehearsing BLITHE SPIRIT Role 'All My Life'Angela Lansbury Says She's Been Rehearsing BLITHE SPIRIT Role 'All My Life'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

In a recent interview with The Star, Angela Lansbury spoke about her role in Noel Coward's comedy 'Blithe Spirit', which opens in Toronto on February 11th. (more...)

Angela Lansbury-Led BLITHE SPIRIT Becomes Best-Selling Play Revival at the Ahmanson in Over 25 YearsAngela Lansbury-Led BLITHE SPIRIT Becomes Best-Selling Play Revival at the Ahmanson in Over 25 Years
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Following sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury enjoyed continued success with Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play 'Blithe Spirit' in its Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre engagement. (more...)

BLITHE SPIRIT with Angela Lansbury a Must-See Performance Now thru Feb. 1!BLITHE SPIRIT with Angela Lansbury a Must-See Performance Now thru Feb. 1!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Jan 24, 2015

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Angela Lansbury Stars in BLITHE SPIRIT, Coming to D.C.'s National Theatre This SpringAngela Lansbury Stars in BLITHE SPIRIT, Coming to D.C.'s National Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansburyreturns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour makes its Washington premiere Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. (more...)

2015 Sheridan Morley Prize Ceremony Set for 19 March2015 Sheridan Morley Prize Ceremony Set for 19 March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

The eighth annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography ceremony will be held on 19 March 2015 at The Garrick Club. The prize awarded for the best biography, autobiography or diary in theatre or show business was last year won by Michael Blakemore for Stage Blood. (more...)

AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

As BroadwayWorld last reported in October, Rebecca producer Ben Sprecher is still working to bring the much-delayed musical to Broadway in Fall 2015. Fans need wait no longer for a taste of what the show will sound like though! Audio selections of 'Last Night,' 'She's Invincible,' 'I'll Never Forget Her Smile,' 'Free Now,' and 'Rebecca' have just been posted on the show's official website. CLICK HERE to check out clips featuring Lisa O'Hare, Pia Douwes, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden. (more...)

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