Looking for Lansbury at St James Theatre
On the 90th birthday of Dame Angela Lansbury, Fiona Jane Watson and Patrick Lambe present an homage to the prolific actress. With a career spanning over 60 years and revolving from stage to film, her musical is a plethora of material and songs to create a well-rounded picture of the actress.
Watson’s previous works have followed a specific theme throughout history, and this is the first time she has followed the career of an individual. She uses actual quotes and imagined rhymes to take us on a whirlwind tour of Lansbury’s wild and varied life.
The cabaret-style theatre and revue style of the show is a suitable way to tell Lansbury’s story as it does not require a linear progression, but rather a reel of highlights.
The same criticism levelled against Lansbury throughout her career can be said of Watson playing her: her voice is just not strong enough. However, like the Dame, she perseveres, and her energetic performance and brilliant comedic timing overshadow any issues with her vocals. Her earnest and exaggerated facial expressions and body movements create entire scenes and vivid imagery. She is accompanied by William Godfree on the piano; his clever quips and their delightful dynamic envelops the jovial audience.
The evening ends in a resounding chorus of Happy Birthday and cake, which proved to be the perfect close to a silly, sweet and entertaining homage to one of the greats of stage and screen.
Looking for Lansbury is on at St James Theatre from 16th to 17th October, for further information or to book visit here.
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