Fiona Jane Weston pays tribute to showbiz legend Dame Angela Lansbury in new show
Stage and screen legend Dame Angela Lansbury turns 90 years old on 16th October and there is no better way to celebrate the life and work of this remarkable woman than with a show.
Written by Fiona Jane Weston and Patrick Lambe, Looking for Lansbury looks back at the life of stage and screen icon Dame Angela Lansbury. From Auntie Mame to Murder She Wrote, Dame Angela Lansbury has graced our screens for over 60 years but who really is this remarkable woman?
Wartime Women’s Fiona-Jane Weston strips back the covers in this fascinating untold one-woman show to pay tribute to the remarkable actress. Told through words and well-known songs such as Mame, Dear World, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd, Weston looks back at Lansbury’s life, from when she was a wartime evacuee aged nine, to cabaret star at 17, three-time Oscar nominee and star of musical theatre. Weston even gets a little help from the Jessica Fletcher Appreciation Society as she uncovers the events and influences from the past which have helped to create the actress we all love today.
Touring the UK on a three-month run, Looking for Lansbury heads to London’s St. James Theatre on 16th October for a special performance to mark Angela Lansbury’s 90th birthday.
“There are lots of similarities between me and Angela” comments Fiona Jane Weston.
“We are both English and, like her, I also use song as a vehicle to tell stories and explore the emotions and motivations of a character. Doing a one-woman show about her gives me a great excuse to cover some terrific material. Hers is a fascinating untold story, not only her own incredibly varied and extensive career, but the influences in her formative years by both her actress mother, and her politician grandfather George Lansbury, who was imprisoned for his support of the Suffragettes”
Looking For Lansbury tours from 5 September to 5 December 2015 with performances in Suffolk, Broadstairs, London, West Yorkshire and Cheltenham.
Donna is the Founder and Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she works as a digital marketing specialist, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage and The Reviews Hub. Loves Formula 1, prosecco and life.