Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1250071119

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Behind the Scenes is a candid blend of reminiscences and photos, many of them never-before-seen from her personal collection. It's a uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing her off-stage as well as on. Looking back, she provides her millions of fans with reflections and remembrances of those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicating them with the truth and insight that is the hallmark of her acting. Behind the Scenes takes up where her New York Times bestselling memoir and furthermore left off. Dame Judi looks back on the last few years to talk about her role as "M" in the Bond films, the joy of ensemble acting in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the chance to tell the story of the heroic woman at the center of Philomena, her joy in appearing with other great actresses in the MaterpieceTheatre Cranford and her return to the stage in Peter and Alice. Tireless in her desire to perfect her craft, she says "I simply want to go on acting. I suppose I could always be wheeled on stage if necessary. The great thing about acting is that it never ends."

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daughter Finty should want to follow her parents into the profession. Though she initially wanted to be an acrobatic nurse! My first ambition was to be a dancer. I was always dancing everywhere. I can remember very clearly my father saying when I can’t have been very old, ‘The thing about being a dancer is that before you get to forty probably you won’t be able to go on dancing, you’ll have to do something like teaching it.’ Even then, that was my idea of hell, and that really put me off. I

and probably disagreeing with him Learning my lines in my dressing room at the Oxford Playhouse, 1965 I love the regular routine of the stage, and I’m always one of the first to arrive at the Stage Door. In the last few years I have been lucky enough to work again with old and dear friends, as well as making a number of new ones. I couldn’t resist adding this picture to the others in this book. The saga of this little game with Tim Pigott-Smith has become quite well-known ever since John

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two having a row!’ I’m bottom left, with John Stride as Silvius. One night during The Importance of Being Earnest Fay Compton, as Lady Bracknell, said, ‘Thirty-four is a very attractive name, Mr Cardew.’ Alec and I laughed so much we were told off by Fay; we were really given a rocket. When I told John Gielgud much later, he said, ‘How dare she. She was absolutely frightful at laughing on the stage.’ Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest with Alec McCowen as Algy, Old Vic, 1959 Romeo and

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