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I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting…” – Judi Dench
From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time. She made her professional acting debut in 1957 with England’s Old Vic theatre company playing Ophelia in Hamlet , Katherine in Henry V (her New York debut), and then, Juliet. In 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard with John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft. In 1968, she went beyond the classical stage to become a sensation as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, adding musical comedy to her repertoire. Over the years, Dench has given indelible performances in the classics as well as some of the greatest plays and musicals of the twentieth century including Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Kaufman and Hart’s The Royal Family and David Hare’s Amy’s View (for which she won the Tony Award). Recently, she made a triumphant return to A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, a role she first played in 1962, now played as a theatre-besotted Queen Elizabeth I. Her film career has been filled with unforgettable performances of some unforgettable women: Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, the terrifying schoolteacher Barbara Covett in Notes on a Scandal and the writer Iris Murdoch in Iris. And, for the BBC, Dench created another unforgettable woman when she brought her great comic timing and deeply felt emotions to the role of Jean Pargetter in the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By.
And Furthermore is, however, more than the story of a great actress’s career. It is also the story of Judi Dench’s life: her early days as a child in a family that was in love with the theatre; her marriage to actor Michael Williams; the joy she takes in her daughter, the actress Finty Williams, and her grandson, Sammy. Filled with Dench’s impish sense of humor and diamond-sharp intelligence, And Furthermore is the audiobook every fan of the great Judi Dench will cherish.
About the Author
DAME JUDI DENCH is one of the foremost stage, screen, and television actors of our time. Honored with every award given for performances on stage and screen, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970, created a Dame of the British Empire in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005.
Praise for And Furthermore…
“Narrated in perfect Dench style by Samantha Bond, this is the ideal format for quick glimpses, drawn with humor and charm, of her incredibly full working life…” – Bookpage, Audio of the Month
“Bond’s voice is elegant, charming, and full of pep and vinegar as she recounts snippets of Dench’s life and remarkable career…Bond’s performance adds sparkle to this delightful audiobook.” – AudioFile
“Fellow actress and close friend Samantha Bond is an excellent reader; in fact, she sounds a lot like Dench herself, who narrates the preface…Recommended for Dench fans as well as for theater students and enthusiasts.” – Library Journal
“To hear the Preface read in her unforgettable voice is perfect prelude to a narration by the accomplished Samantha Bond. This is a memoir you’ll thoroughly enjoy, and then want to share with friends.” – Beauty by the Books