She acted in Stephen Sondheim's musical, "A Little Night Music," in a Royal National Theatre production at the Laurence Olivier Theatre in London, England with Laurence Guittard, Sian Phillips, Patricia Hodge, and Joanna Riding in the cast. Sean Mathias was director.
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Dame Judi Dench
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On plastic surgery: I've considered it, but I'm too old now. Every time I go to America I wonder if there is some process where it could all be sucked out and I could be out of there in time for dinner, but I'm frightened it would all drop off under the anaesthetic.
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 them.