Legendary stage and screen actress Dame Angela Lansbury has won her first ever Olivier Award. It was for her show stealing performance in Blithe Spirit.
The 89-year-old said the win left her feeling like “a million dollars”. Accepting the award she said “I simply can’t believe it.”
She was named best actress in a supporting role for her performance. It saw her return to London theatre for the first time in 40 years.
Dame Angela ended her West End stage role in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre June 2014. The ever vivacious actress drew a massive round of applause when arrived on stage on opening night (March 18). Angela Lansbury played eccentric medium Madame Arcati.
She received a five star review of Noel Coward’s comedy from Charles Spencer. The theatre critic described Dame Angela as being “on sparkling form”. A great response to the performance of the American actress.
“Thirty-five years ago I remember being bowled over by Lansbury’s performance as Mrs Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd on Broadway. She brings a similar energy and high definition wit to Madame Arcati,” he wrote.
The Gielgud Theatre was filled with stars and fans who also celebrated later in the after party at the Rosewood Hotel. Some spoke of the thrill to be able to watch Angela Lansbury in a live performance.
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— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) April 12, 2015
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