Dame Judi Dench to star in film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play | Tendency


Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi will star in a film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s latest play.

The veteran actor will appear together in the hospital drama “Allelujah!” in an adaptation of the 87-year-old writer’s latest theatrical production of “Call the Midwife” creator Heidi Thomas.

The story takes place in the geriatric ward of a Yorkshire hospital, Bethlehem, which is threatened with closure, with the ‘Skyfall’ actress portraying a former librarian, who is now a patient of the Dusty Springfield ward of the facility, while Derek will play a former director who was also admitted to this area of ​​the medical facility.

Jennifer Saunders is reportedly in the process of negotiating to play a ward sister obsessed with patient bladder control, while Julia McKenzie will also be part of the cast as a former child soprano known as “Pudsey Nightingale.”

According to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail newspaper, Heidi added a coda in her script that recognizes the coronavirus pandemic.

The film is currently in pre-production and casting is still underway for other key roles.

“Hallelujah! Premiered at the Bridge Theater in London three years ago, with Nicholas Hytner as director of a cast that included Nicola Hughes, Simon Williams, Julia Foster and Deborah Findlay.

Judi, 86, recently joked that she feared being labeled as an old woman and wanted to find more interesting roles.

She said, “Where do I want to be in five years? I would like to be alive. I would also like to be offered a role that is not an old woman in a house somewhere.”

The ‘Cats’ actress then joked, “I wish I was a crocodile that turns into a dragon and has to walk a tightrope.”


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