The often-revived play last ran in the West End at the Apollo Theatre in 2011, with Alison Steadman as Madame Arcati.
On November 16 Lansbury received her honorary Oscar, alongside Steve Martin and Angelina Jolie, as part of the annual Governors' Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Madame Arcati, by contrast, is shown to us by one who must be considered close to the end of hers, much as we would wish the legendary Angela Lansbury, now within two years of her 90th birthday, to go on for ever.
Warmly applauded, in a way rarely heard these days, on her first appearance on the stage and honoured with a standing ovation at the curtain call, Dame Angela is the reason everyone is here.
Lansbury, 88, won her fifth Tony award for her performance as Madame Arcati on Broadway in 2009.
Despite having had a long and distinguished career in theatre, she is most famous for her roles on television and in films.
They have cancelled this year's autumn production – for only the second time in the troupe's history, which dates back to the Second World War.
In 2009 it was rumoured that she would make her comeback in a production of Blithe Spirit.I'm 53 years old and come from Somerset in the United Kingdom. I don't watch any of the soaps any more but I watch The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Panorama, News Night, and anything with David Attenborough, Jeremy Vine, John Snow or Brian Cox in it."We had a large group up until a few years ago, but have lost some people through retirement and others moving away.Also, people have their jobs and many can't commit.