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August 2005
First Look: Mrs. Henderson Presents

Release Date
: December 25, 2005 (limited)
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Stephen Frears
Screenwriter: Martin Sherman
Starring: Judi Dench, Christopher Guest, Anna Brewster, Bob Hoskins, Camille O'Sullivan, Kelly Reilly, Natalia Tena, Will Young, Victoria Hay, Anna Brewster


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, who founded the historic Windmill Theatre. Driven by the 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 equally formidable and tenacious theatre manager Vivian Van Damm, as she set about her task with the kind of vigour and determination which belied her advanced years. This 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 reputation and place in history.

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