Is Angela Lansbury's London Return in The Chalk Garden Growing Near?

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Angela Lansbury's rumored London stage return in Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden may soon be a reality.

According to a report in the San Louis Obispo Tribune, Lansbury, who celebrates her 90th birthday Oct. 16, is planning to star in a London revival of the play. The news was mentioned in a report on a one-of-a-kind event in which Lansbury will participate.

A Conversation with Angela Lansbury will take place Oct. 8 at 7 PM at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center. The night benefits the ministries of St Paul's Cambria, a scenic California seaside town that Lansbury has often visited.

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury

Rev. Brian Palmer, a friend of Lansbury's, will interview the star as part of the event that will also allow members of the audience to participate with their own questions. A 30-minute short film that Lansbury had produced especially for the evening will also be presented.

Lansbury herself has frequently spoken about her desire to star in The Chalk Garden, most recently in June 2014 during her run in a London revival of Blithe Spirit.

There has also been talk of a New York revival, but no official plans have been announced for Broadway or the West End. Lansbury last appeared on Broadway in the 2012 production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

Directed by Albert Marre, The Chalk Garden opened in October 1955 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, playing 182 performances before closing in March 1956. The original cast included Gladys Cooper, Siobhan McKenna, Marian Seldes, Betsy von Furstenberg, Fritz Weaver, Percy Waram and more.

Nominated for the 1956 Tony Award as Best Play, The Chalk Garden is a poetic comedy that has the sheen of a mystery. It centers on wealthy and eccentric Mrs. St. Maugham, who is raising her spoiled teenaged granddaughter with the help of an ex-convict butler. A mysterious new governess, Miss Madrigal, shakes things up as she coaxes flowers in a sterile garden to grow — and urges the granddaughter to bloom, too.

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