Dame Judi Dench is sharing the stage with her daughter, Finty Williams, for the first time in a new play at the Donmar Warehouse set on election day this year.
They’re performing the roles of mother and daughter about to cast their ballot in ‘The Vote.’
The play will run from 24th April at the London studio theatre for two weeks before this year’s General Election polling day.
The play dramatises a fictional London polling station in the last hour and a half before polls close at 10 pm – and will be screened on More 4 at that exact time on May 7th.
The cast is a galaxy of Britain’s leading actors and includes Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate and Timothy West.
They’re playing various roles such as voters, election officials and volunteers helping out on the night.
Donmar Warehouse artistic director, Josie Rourke said:
Broadcast live to the nation on the night of the General Election, this is a unique opportunity for the Donmar to make a small theatre feel very big.
Some of the nation’s greatest actors are coming together this election night to give theatre a seat at the table of a national event. Everyone involved is approaching this experiment with a sense of adventure.
Josie is the director of this production and added:
This huge acting company will be portraying a 90-minute slice of our nation as it goes to the polls. The scale and scope of this incredible company of actors is going to make this a very special event.
This is the first time Judi Dench has been back on the Donmar stage since 1976. To have her at the heart of this incredible company of actors makes this great event a total joy.
The play’s been written James Graham who’s developing a reputation for political writing in works such as ‘This House’, set in the dying days of James Callaghan’s Labour government.
He also scripted Channel 4’s ‘Coalition’, which explored the negotiations involved in the creation of the current government.