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Lansbury conjures up great fun in 'Blithe Spirit' at National Theatre

Lansbury conjures up great fun in 'Blithe Spirit' at National Theatre

On paper, the line "Are they still there?" looks beyond ordinary. But in the context of Noel Coward’s evergreen comedy from 1941, "Blithe Spirit," it's should get a chuckle when delivered by Madame Arcati, the unexpectedly successful medium trying to help a man deal with the ghosts of two departed wives.

If you give the role of Madame Arcati to the ageless Angela Lansbury, however, those four little words can set off an honest-to-goodness, bring-down-the-house moment, which is what happens in the bubbly "Blithe Spirit" revival now at the National Theatre.

If you caught Lansbury in the 2009 Broadway revival, which earned her a Tony, you...

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