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The one that made Judi Dench call him an ‘absolute s—-’

Madame de Sade, March 20 2009 

“There is no such thing as a dead cert in my line of work. The director Michael Grandage has been in blazing form in recent months and… this latest production looked like being another feather in his cap. It stars Judi Dench, a magnificent and once discriminating actress whose reputation alone can turn a show into a guaranteed hit. But if you have bought tickets in advance I’d try to offload them now before the price starts to fall. Yukio Mishima’s deeply dodgy play about the Marquis de Sade [is] pure theatrical torture…

Judi Dench comes on in… formidable old-boot mode and spends the whole evening looking grand, sour and cross. Frankly, this imperious turn is becoming a bit of a bore… The poor woman is also landed with a series of ridiculously elaborate frocks and wigs that make her look like one of those crinoline dolls Blackpool landladies use to cover up the spare lavatory roll.”

And the one she could frame

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Feb 17 2010 

“To be frank, I thought it must be a joke when I first heard that Dame Judi Dench was to star as Titania in Peter Hall’s new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Fairy Queen is usually played by a voluptuous actress in her 30s, not a grand theatrical dame in her mid-70s. Wouldn’t the effect of watching a woman so advanced in years falling passionately in love with an ass be more grotesque than amusing? But I underestimated Dame Judi’s greatness as an actress and Hall’s formidable skill as a director. This is one of the most lucid and beautifully spoken productions of the Dream I have seen, with a lovely autumnal glow about it as the great director and the great actress reunite in a play they first worked on together in 1962…

The whole production is a joy… But it is Dench, effortlessly defying the years with such tenderness and panache, that makes this Dream so special and so moving.” 

(Source: telegraph.co.uk)

nicole farhi’s sculpture of judi.  i don’t think it looks very much like her at all, do you?  the cheeks are a little bit right but the top lip is too full and judi has a definite overbite.  it’s as if farhi got little bits right - cheeks, slanted lines above her eyes - but it doesn’t coalesce into judi.  just my opinion
even if i lived in london, i doubt i’d ever be lucky enough to just bump into judi.  yes, leon, what a babe!

judi as sally bowles in cabaret (1968)

these are nice big pictures

(Source: flashbak.com)

judi dench as sculpted by nicole far hi
Judi Dench to Visit Trinity
Steve McQueen, Judi Dench, Amy Poehler and Game of Thrones Showrunners to Visit TrinitySeveral societies announced their guest lists for the coming year, including several big names.

Olly Donnelly | Contributing Writer
The Oscar-winning film director Steve McQueen, Dame Judi Dench and Astronaut Chris Hadfield are amongst the guests visiting the Phil this year, it was announced today.
They join a Phil line-up that includes Amy Poehler, several famous authors, and comedians Steve Coogan and Catherine Tate.
Game of Thrones show runners, DB Weiss and David Benioff, will visit Law Soc this year, as part of a line-up that includes Game of Thrones actors Aidan Gillen and Gwendoline Christie. Acclaimed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin will also visit the society. The Law Soc guest list also includes Senator David Norris, LGBTQ* activist Panti Bliss, UK Supreme Court Chief Justice Lord Neuberger, and Gwendolen Morgan, lawyer to Edward Snowden.
The Society for International Affairs (SoFIA) will be welcoming the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland to an event during Fresher’s week, while the Sociology Society will welcome Gerry Gregg and Tomi Reichental, the director and subject respectively of holocaust drama “Close to Evil”.
Other guests for the coming year include Jon Snow, the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News, Simon Amstell, and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), who will all be visiting the Phil.
Last year, several unexpected announcements of guests were made during the course of the year, with Derren Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Sinéad O’Connor adding further star power to the guest books of The Phil, Hist, and Law Soc.

Judi Dench to Visit Trinity

Steve McQueen, Judi Dench, Amy Poehler and Game of Thrones Showrunners to Visit TrinitySeveral societies announced their guest lists for the coming year, including several big names.

Olly Donnelly | Contributing Writer

The Oscar-winning film director Steve McQueen, Dame Judi Dench and Astronaut Chris Hadfield are amongst the guests visiting the Phil this year, it was announced today.

They join a Phil line-up that includes Amy Poehler, several famous authors, and comedians Steve Coogan and Catherine Tate.

Game of Thrones show runners, DB Weiss and David Benioff, will visit Law Soc this year, as part of a line-up that includes Game of Thrones actors Aidan Gillen and Gwendoline Christie. Acclaimed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin will also visit the society. The Law Soc guest list also includes Senator David Norris, LGBTQ* activist Panti Bliss, UK Supreme Court Chief Justice Lord Neuberger, and Gwendolen Morgan, lawyer to Edward Snowden.

The Society for International Affairs (SoFIA) will be welcoming the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland to an event during Fresher’s week, while the Sociology Society will welcome Gerry Gregg and Tomi Reichental, the director and subject respectively of holocaust drama “Close to Evil”.

Other guests for the coming year include Jon Snow, the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News, Simon Amstell, and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), who will all be visiting the Phil.

Last year, several unexpected announcements of guests were made during the course of the year, with Derren Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Sinéad O’Connor adding further star power to the guest books of The Phil, Hist, and Law Soc.

(Source: universitytimes.ie)

looks like the bbc is gearing up for judi’s birthday in december.  i don’t think this is a rebroadcast.  i dearly hope that someone uploads it to youtube.

pers-books:

judi-daily:

Day 84

The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2006

I bet at some point during the rehearsals, the guys were lifting her like this, and she went “Wheeee!” like a five year old!

i think that’s probably a very good bet you wouldn’t lose!

inlovewithyourlines:

I stumbled upon this pic while doing some random Judi searching. Don’t think I’ve seen it on here before. Sadly I have no info on the when or where of this one..

i’ve never seen it before either - thanks for finding this.  (as for when it was taken…at least we know it *wasn’t* 16 august 2005

inlovewithyourlines:

I stumbled upon this pic while doing some random Judi searching. Don’t think I’ve seen it on here before. Sadly I have no info on the when or where of this one..

i’ve never seen it before either - thanks for finding this.  (as for when it was taken…at least we know it *wasn’t* 16 august 2005

judi on morecambe and wise - friday 5 september bbc two at 10pm

FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise

BBC Two, 10.00pm

A strapping 31-year-old Tom Jones makes the much-loved comic duo feel their age as he performs Exactly Like You in this collection of vintage clips. We also get to see Judi Dench take part in a parody of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in which Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise make crafty use of a pillar. CG

(www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10908196/Whats-on-TV-tonight.html)

oh god i wish i could watch this!  i’d love to see this on a big tv - judi flashing her legs in that sexy red dress and doing a bit of a striptease.  (this better wind up on youtube)

FARHI’S FINGERS




Nicole Farhi is making her sculpting debut during London Fashion Week at Bowman Sculpture in Mayfair.“From the Neck Up” will feature busts from the art, fashion and entertainment worlds, including Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter, Lucian Freud and Anna Wintour, in addition to abstract pieces.Farhi, who was tutored and mentored by the British sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, has been sculpting for nearly three decades and began doing it full-time three years ago. This exhibition, which runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, will be the first public showcase of her work.“The human face has always greatly interested me,” said Farhi. “I have a rather good memory for faces, even if in life I have seen them only once or twice, as in the case of Freud and Bacon.“Most of the time, producing a portrait requires a rapport between artist and sitter. The true character of the person will come through these repeated sessions. Usually, my sitters will come to the studio to be photographed, or I will go to them. I will then start building an armature and, after a few hours, sculpting in clay the structure of the face will appear or not. Once I have the structure, the true character will follow — sometimes days later, weeks, sometimes months,” she said.— LORELEI MARFIL“From the Neck Up”Bowman Sculpture6 Duke Street, SW1Y 6BNWeb: bowmansculpture.com
inlovewithyourlines:

Judi posted a small version of this picture with a very short interview bit. When I listened the audio I found the bigger version of the picture and I thought I’d post it! 

i love you for finding this :)

inlovewithyourlines:

Judi posted a small version of this picture with a very short interview bit. When I listened the audio I found the bigger version of the picture and I thought I’d post it! 

i love you for finding this :)

listen here http://www.susyradio.com/2014/09/01/dame-judi-dench/ it’s only 16 seconds but lovely to hear her voice