The Murder, She Wrote star will take on a leading role in a revival of 1955 play The Chalk Garden, which will be produced by Scott Rudin.

Further casting details have yet to be released, but Lansbury tells Britain's Mirror.co.uk, "We need some really hot actors for it."

The Chalk Garden, which originally ran on the Great White Way in 1956 - with Gladys Cooper as the lead - follows the story of wealthy Mrs. St. Maugham, who takes on a governess to help her care for her spoiled granddaughter.

The veteran actress admits she has been keen to tackle the role since 2014, adding, "A lot of people knew I was angling to do it."

A start date for the New York production has not been revealed.

Edith Evans played the part of Mrs. St. Maugham in the first West End transfer in 1957, and portrayed the character onscreen in a 1964 film adaptation.

The last revival was staged in London in 2008 by director Michael Grandage. The show earned Margaret Tyzack the 2009 Best Actress Olivier Award for her take on Mrs. St. Maugham. The Theory of Everything's Felicity Jones played her grandchild.

Lansbury's new stage stint will mark her first Broadway gig since appearing in Gore Vidal's The Best Man revival in 2012.

The star already has five Tony Awards to her name for her critically-acclaimed roles in Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and Blithe Spirit.