On Saint Patrick’s Day, I went to the National Theatre, for the opening night performance of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Angela Lansbury is making what she says will be her last tour, and Washington is the final stop on its four-city run.
She was, of course, wonderful. She’d won her fifth Tony award for an earlier New York staging of the play, and her performance in the role of Madame Arcati, medium and clairvoyant, is a show-stopper.
The play itself was an old-fashioned joy. It’s the kind of “sophisticated,” upper-class nonsense that Coward did so well. The style is out of fashion today, but still makes for a delightful night at the theatre.
The play will run through 29 March 2015.