She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Douglas Campbell, Alec McCowen, Gwen Watford, Robert Harris, John Stride, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Stephen Moore, Gerald James, and Tom Courtenay (Puck) in the cast. Michael Langham was director. Thea Musgrave was ...
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Dame Judi Dench
5' 1" (1.55 m)
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[on her long marriage to Michael Williams
] We were just happy to be in the same room together.
When Royal Shakespeare Company Director Peter Hall
asked Judi Dench to play the title role in a staged, and then later televised, production of Cleopatra, Dench refused, saying that her Cleopatra would be a "menopausal dwarf." Director Hall was later successful in coaxing Dench into the role, of which she won rave reviews from both theatre critics and TV audiences.
Known for often playing dignified, strong willed women in positions of authority who are sometimes opposed or criticised by those under her.