Dame Judi Dench 83, To Play Across From Sir Kenneth Branagh, 57, as William Shakespeare and His Wife Anne in 'Poignant Study' "All Is True"

Daily Mail, 30 October 2018
By Baz Bamigboye

She played Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love and he has appeared in several film versions of the Bard's plays. Now Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh are portraying William Shakespeare and his wife Anne in 'All Is True', which Sir Kenneth directs.

It follows the Bard when he returns to Stratford in 1613 after his Globe Theatre burns to the ground during a performance of his play 'All Is True', later known as 'Henry VIII'.

'All Is True' explores how Shakespeare tried to reunite with his woefully neglected wife and family after long absences writing plays and performing in London.

Between them Branagh and Dench have appeared in many movies concerned with the famed dramatist. Dench won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in the film 'Shakespeare in Love' and has appeared in several stage productions of Shakespeare's plays directed by Branagh.' Branagh received directing and acting Oscar nods in 1990 for Shakespeare's 'Henry V,' and was nominated in 1997 for his screen adaptation of 'Hamlet'.

A spokesperson for 'All Is True' said that the film 'is a poignant study' of a family being reunited.

Shakespeare, who would die in 1616 aged 52, married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and she 26. The age difference between Sir Kenneth and Dame Judi is far greater, 57 to 83.

But a spokesman for the film dismissed questions on this, saying: 'It's not a rom-com, it's a dramatic film'. 'And Judi Dench knows drama,' the film person added.

The film is produced by Tamar Thomas and Ted Gagliano and is set to be released in 2019.

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