Dame Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale

Dame Judi Dench is to play the role of  Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick theatre.

Since playing Ophelia in Hamlet at The Old Vic Theatre 58 years ago, Judi Dench has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. Judi has won numerous major awards including an Academy Award, ten BAFTA Awards and a record six Laurence Olivier Awards.

Recognised globally for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films, Judi’s other iconic film roles include Mrs Brown, Iris, Mrs Henderson Presents, Shakespeare in Love, Philomena, Notes on a Scandal, Chocolat and a Room with a View. She has won Olivier Awards for Macbeth and Juno and the Paycock for the RSC; Pack of Lies at the London Lyric; and Anthony and Cleopatra, Absolute Hell, and A Little Night Music, all at The National Theatre. Her performance in David Hare’s Amy’s View, directed by Richard Eyre, brought her a Critics Circle Award and an Olivier Award nomination when it played in London at The National and Aldwych, followed by a Tony Award for Best Actress when the play transferred to Broadway. Most recently she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her 2013 West End stage performance in Peter and Alice, directed by Michael Grandage.

Judi’s upcoming projects include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton and based on Ransom Riggs’s novel and she can currently be seen in cinemas in the The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which follows up on the hugely successful comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The Winter’s Tale will form part of the Kenneth Branagh season called Plays at the Garrick and runs from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016

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