Mrs Henderson Presents

2006-07-12 17:00


Set in pre-World War II London, Mrs. Henderson Presents tells the remarkable true life story of one of England's most prominent and eccentric society figures, Laura Henderson (Dame Judi Dench), who founded the historic Windmill Theatre. Driven by a desire to win back the dwindling music hall audiences who had been lured away by the advent of 'talking pictures', this charming lady and veritable force of nature was aided by her equally formidable and tenacious theatre manager, Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins).

The wonderfully argumentative pair were complete opposites, but their extraordinary partnership proved fruitful when Mrs Henderson's influence in Society enabled her to take advantage of a legal loophole which permitted the theatre to show entirely nude models on stage - provided they didn't move a muscle. From here it was an easy step to the 'nude revue', a musical extravaganza which became a roaring success and cemented the Windmill Theatre's legendary reputation and place in history.

What the critics are saying:

"This is Dame Judi's show. However extraordinary an actor she may be, she cannot conceal the obvious fact that she's having the time of her life here. Isn't that delicious?"
- Jorge Morales, Village Voice

"Just as there will always be an England, there will always be a certain kind of English film: the highly polished entertainment, well-acted, genteelly amusing and impeccably turned out."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"By the end of the picture, you're left marveling at how [Director] Frears has kept the whole thing so crisp and so fun."
- Stephanie Zacharek,

A ribald comedy about a widow who decides to stage all-nude revue shows in wartime London. Dame Judi Dench earned her 6th Oscar nomination for her role.

Tony Richardson 2007/08/18 11:32 PM
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