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Victoria and Abdul

Thursday 22 March 7.30pm
Certificate: PG
 
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard
Release:  2017
Runtime:  1hr 51mins
 

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Adapted from the book by Shrabani Basu. Queen Victoria (Dench), is old, bored and constrained by convention. When Abdul Karim (Fazal) travels to London from India to deliver a ceremonial coin as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, he quickly finds favour with her and is made her personal footman. Despite the reservations of Victoria's closest advisers, the pair go on to form a strong bond, with Abdul rising through the ranks and becoming one of the Queen's most trusted allies. As their friendship grows, Victoria learns to see the world through new eyes and begins to approach life with renewed vigour. 

 

‘Dench is captivating as the cantankerous queen.’

The Guardian Simran Hans, The Observer

 

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Simran Hans, The Observer