MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS

By Stephen FREARS

PATHE PRODUCTION LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Comedy - Completed 2005


    • Year of production
    • 2005
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 102 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Stephen FREARS
    • Writer(s)
    • Martin SHERMAN
    • EIDR 10.5240/8D01-A2BD-4916-501D-47B8-V
    • Producer(s)
    • Norma HEYMAN
    • Synopsis
    • 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 (Dench), who founded the historic Windmill Theatre. Driven by a 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 her equally formidable and tenacious theatre manager, VIVIAN VAN DAMM (Hoskins), as she set about her task with the kind of vigour and determination which belied her advanced years.
      The 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 legendary reputation and place in history.
      Taking a humorous and moving behind-the-scenes look at this forgotten world and playing against the background of the impending outbreaak of war, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS provides an uplifting and evocative tale likely to live long in the memory of audiences everywhere.
    • Partners & financing
    • Heyman-Hoskins Ltd.
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