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the queen of theatre

DenchI have long loved to watch anything that Dame Judi Dench has performed. It seems she can do it all. Drama, comedy, music, science fiction, mystery, etc.

She is one of two stars of the British series, "As Time Goes By" - about two young lovers who allow the serendipitous misposting of a love letter from Korea to keep them from following their hearts - and many years later find themselves once again courting love the second time around.

One part of her life that is not as well-known as her acting career is her musical career. She has played Desiree Arnfeldt in Sondheim's famous musical. I once saw "A Little Night Music" when it appeared at the Kennedy Center in 1974 with renowned actress Jean Simmons as Desiree Arnfeldt; the musical also starred the great Margaret Hamilton (known to many as the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz").  As wonderful as it was, I can only imagine how amazing it would have been with Dame Dench in the role of Desiree.

In the second act, when Desiree is trying to confirm the adultery she and her former lover have planned, she learns that as wonderful as their love had been in the past, she is only a dream to him now. Desiree reflects upon her foolishness and fears that her life has been a waste...



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