Judi Dench News

Date of Birth: December 09, 1934 (81)
Birth Place: York, ENGLAND
Gender: Female
It's Official! Leslie Odom Jr. Boards THE ORIENT EXPRESSIt's Official! Leslie Odom Jr. Boards THE ORIENT EXPRESS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

Will Broadway's beloved Leslie Odom Jr. be the murdered instead of the murderer this time? According to the BBC, Odom Jr. has joined the already-starry reboot of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, helmed by renowned theatre and film actor-director, Kenneth Branagh. Odom Jr. joins A-listers such as Dame Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, and Johnny Depp. The film will begin production this coming November, in London, although the mystery of which characters some of the actors (including Odom Jr.) remains unsolved.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Maury Yeston Talks DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Ahead of London OpeningBWW Interview: Maury Yeston Talks DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Ahead of London Opening
by Liz Cearns - Sep 30, 2016

Maury Yeston, the composer and lyricist best-known for Nine and Titanic, visited the West End a few months before the West End opening of his new musical, Death Takes a Holiday. Based on a film (which was based on a play) this story tells of how Death changed his perspective. He used to not quite understand why everyone he came to collect was quite so aggrieved to die, until he met a particular woman who allowed him to realise quite what makes life worth clinging to. The side effect of Death's occupation being, though, that he can't collect anyone else while he's so distracted - Death the person and death the concept take a break!  Maury was kind enough to discuss his musical background, some of his better-known works and his latest venture for the stage. (more...)

FROZEN Confirms Michael Grandage & Christopher Oram Will Join Creative TeamFROZEN Confirms Michael Grandage & Christopher Oram Will Join Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram are confirmed for the creative team of Frozen, a new musical based on Disney's Academy Award-winning musical film, slated to open at Broadway's St. James Theatre in spring 2018.   (more...)

The UK Theatre Awards Announce Vanessa Redgrave as Recipient of the Gielgud AwardThe UK Theatre Awards Announce Vanessa Redgrave as Recipient of the Gielgud Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Vanessa Redgrave is to receive this year's Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts at the UK Theatre Awards 2016. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 9 October at London's historic Guildhall.   (more...)

Breaking News: Michael Grandage Will Direct FROZEN; Christopher Oram Joins Team as Scenic & Costume DesignerBreaking News: Michael Grandage Will Direct FROZEN; Christopher Oram Joins Team as Scenic & Costume Designer
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram are confirmed for the creative team of Frozen, a new musical based on Disney's Academy Award-winning musical film, slated to open at Broadway's St. James Theatre in spring 2018.   (more...)

Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman Among INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD Nominees; Full ListJudi Dench, Dustin Hoffman Among INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD Nominees; Full List
by TV News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Nominations for the 2016 International Emmy Awards were announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 40 Nominees across 10 categories and 15 countries. The full list of Nominees follows this release. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 21, 2016 at the Hilton New York Hotel. (more...)

Production Begins on Stephen Frears' VICTORIA AND ABDUL, Starring Judi DenchProduction Begins on Stephen Frears' VICTORIA AND ABDUL, Starring Judi Dench
by Movies News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Production has begun on Working Title Films' VICTORIA AND ABDUL, to which Focus Features holds worldwide rights as part of the company's renewed global initiative. (more...)

THE EXORCIST Premieres at Birmingham Repertory TheatreTHE EXORCIST Premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

A new production of The Exorcist, directed by Sean Mathias, will receive its UK premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Friday 21 October - Saturday 5 November 2016. The cast features Jenny Seagrove in the role of Chris, Peter Bowles as Father Merrin and Adam Garcia as Damien. (more...)

Joyce DiDonato to Release 'IN WAR AND PEACE' Album This NovemberJoyce DiDonato to Release 'IN WAR AND PEACE' Album This November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The multiple GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is widely recognized as one of the world's great opera singers. (more...)

Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Joyce DiDonato to Release Album, IN WAR AND PEACE: HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC, 11/4Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Joyce DiDonato to Release Album, IN WAR AND PEACE: HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The multiple GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is widely recognized as one of the world's great opera singers. The New Yorker has proclaimed her “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation,” and The New York Times has described her as “the perfect 21st-century diva—an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent.” She is known not only for her extraordinary virtuosity, but also for her impassioned social engagement. Perhaps more than any project in her career to date, DiDonato's new album, In War and Peace: Harmony through Music, epitomizes this combination of qualities. The collection of Baroque arias arose from her pondering the question, in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris and Brussels, “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?” DiDonato hopes the album, out November 4 on Erato / Warner Classics, and concert presentation, with which she will tour 12 countries between November 2016 and June 2017, will help listeners answer the same question. Please see below for an itinerary of live performances. (more...)

PLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends at The Public TheaterPLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that PLENTY, written by David Hare, will extend two weeks through Sunday, November 20. (more...)

Celebrate Shakespeare at the National Theatre - Free App for iPad and iPhone!Celebrate Shakespeare at the National Theatre - Free App for iPad and iPhone!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

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HAMILTON'S AMERICA, Alan Cumming & More Set for PBS Arts Fall Festival Hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Full Line-Up!HAMILTON'S AMERICA, Alan Cumming & More Set for PBS Arts Fall Festival Hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Full Line-Up!
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

PBS announced today the broadcast premiere dates for the diverse slate of performing arts specials that will air as part of the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival. (more...)

BREAKING BARD Series to Celebrate Shakespeare on Film at MoMA This OctoberBREAKING BARD Series to Celebrate Shakespeare on Film at MoMA This October
by Movies News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, The Museum of Modern Art will screen 21 films based on his iconic writings in Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, October 12-24 in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. (more...)

HBO Announces Upcoming Stand-Up Specials Starring Tracey Ullman & MoreHBO Announces Upcoming Stand-Up Specials Starring Tracey Ullman & More
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

HBO gets funny in upcoming months withstand-up specials starring hot talents Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes and T.J. Miller, ALL DEF COMEDY from executive producer Russell Simmons and the return of longtime HBO favorite Tracey Ullman (more...)

Drama Studio London to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Open House, GalaDrama Studio London to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Open House, Gala
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

This September, Drama Studio London (DSL) celebrates its 50th anniversary, looking back at their successes over the years. (more...)

Cast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The PublicCast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the first major New York revival of David Hare's PLENTY. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux and featuring the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, October 4 and run through Sunday, November 6, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20. (more...)

Edward Fox To Star In New Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHESEdward Fox To Star In New Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHES
by Marianka Swain - Aug 23, 2016

Edward Fox is to star in a new play, Sand in the Sandwiches by Hugh Whitemore, which celebrates the life and work of John Betjeman. Directed by Gareth Armstrong, the production will premiere at Oxford Playhouse on 25 October 2016 followed by a UK tour visiting the Minerva Theatre Chichester, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and culminating with a final performance at the Folkestone Book Festival on 24 November 2016. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present Rodgers and Hart's THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSEBoston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present Rodgers and Hart's THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

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