Award-Winning Actress Maggie Smith Hopes to Return to the Stage
By Carey Purcell
"Downton Abbey" star Dame Maggie Smith was honored with the Evening Standard Icon Award at the 59th Annual Evening Standard Awards Nov. 17.
The Evening Standard reports that when accepting the award, Smith said, "I'm very sad because I haven't done anything in theatre to justify this. I wish I had. Doing something on stage at the National the other night was extraordinary. I'd love to do more."
Smith recently participated in the event National Theatre: 50 Years on stage, which featured live performances and videos from the theatre's archives. The event was directed by Nicholas Hytner.
"I would love to do more theatre work but really, I don't get any offers," Smith continued. "I'm with my agent here and I'm told I'm busy for the next year, but after that I would love to do more work on the stage — especially after winning this award. If you could help me put the word out, maybe that would help! Maybe you could put an advert in for me."
Tony winner Smith's Broadway credits include New Faces of 1956, Private Lives, Night and Day and Lettice and Lovage. The two-time Oscar winner's film work includes "California Suite, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "A Room with a View." Her work at the Royal National Theatre includes Othello, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder and Much Ado About Nothing. Smith has been nominated for six Olivier Awards.
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