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The person in the bear costume who danced on stage actually was Judi Dench.
Before the production started, there was a party, and many of the original Windmill girls attended. Bob Hoskins said it was remarkable; many of the women seemed to be older versions of the actresses.
It was Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins who, having been signed, requested Stephen Frears to direct.
According to the director, Judi Dench was always slightly nervous that they would edit her speeches, as she had learned them. During the 'sherry-sipping' party before the opening of the theatre, at two points, Thelma Barlow's character prompts her in her speech ("Bread line... Employment"). This wasn't in the script, but Stephen Frears thought it was funny so included it into the final cut.
In the scene where Van Damm and Mrs Henderson were arguing about the name Millettes (or Millerettes), it is all done in one continuous shot. Stephen Frears thought it better to 'stand back and let the actors interact'.
Many of the Windmill theatre scenes, such as the portraits, and the Native Americans, came from old photographs of the Old Windmill Theatre.
Stephen Frears almost cast Celia Imrie as Lady Conway, but decided she was too young for the part. Thelma Barlow got it instead.
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When Mrs. Henderson goes to visit the Lord Chamberlain for the first time, the room the scene was shot in was in a house on sale in London for £12 million.
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The Lord Chamberlain refers to the groin as the 'Midlands', because Stephen Frears discovered that was what John Gielgud called the groin, and decided to add it in.
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The 'mouse' story was true; indeed, Van Damm and the the Lord Chamberlain's office were constantly arguing over the amount of light displayed on the bodies of the girls.
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When Mrs. Henderson is in bed talking to Lady Conway by telephone, we see it as a split screen. Stephen Frears achieved this by filming them simultaneously side by side.
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Many of the scenes from the war were taken from real-life documentaries by Humphrey Jennings.
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Honeysuckle Weeks was offered a major role but declined because of the nudity involved.
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