M Is for Moonlighting

I’m being facetious with the Bond reference, of course.  Dame Judi Dench could read the phone book and be riveting to many, let alone when she graces the stage to perform Shakespeare.  But perhaps there are packs of wanton younglings who may know her only from her day job.

Because of movies like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings, a generation of young people is growing up without realizing that some very fine actors have been cast in character parts — and I’m not talking about the smoldering-but-too-young-to-be-talked-about-in-quite-that-way-yet-without- sounding-a-little-creepie Emma Watson.

Hit iMDB.com some day, kids, after trolling youtube and god knows what else.  You may just be surprised by who those “grown ups” turn out to be.

48 years after Dame Judi Dench first played Titania in the 1962 Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ directed by Peter Hall, she revisits the role again in a new production of ‘Dream’, also helmed by Hall, and currently playing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

Since their collaboration in 1962, Dench and Hall have subsequently worked together on Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre), The Royal Family (Haymarket) and Hay Fever (West End). The Times Online spoke to the long-time friends on their lasting partnership and the revival of ‘Dream’ which is slated for a run through March 20, 2010.



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