February 24, 2024


Showing: Wednesday, January 9 – 8:00 PM
Year: 2018
Country: UK
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Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith are four of the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and countless of the world’s highest honors between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. You may already be smitten by one or more. If not, we expect you will be after you see this film. UK, 2018, 84 minutes, documentary

Community Partner: Elmwood Playhouse
Members of Elmwood Playhouse receive the Rivertown Film Member ticket price of $9.

Holly Caster, writer of Please Be Seated, will moderate a discussion after the film about the “Dames” and life in the theater, with members of Elmwood Playhouse: Bobbi Shevitz (Director/Actress), Lisa Spielman (Director/Actress/Board Member ), and Mara Karg (Actress and former Board member).

“The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film. I can’t for the life of me think of any other recent documentary in which I have laughed pretty much all the way through. It is nothing more nor less than an acerbic round-table chat between four of British theatre’s most famed dames” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Unrehearsed, spontaneous and off-the-cuff, they don’t hold back, their fearless charm is relaxed and effortless, and the relentless candor is enchanting. The result is 83 minutes of bliss spent with four Dames who know the difference between truth and illusion, and generously give a great deal of both. In Tea with the Dames, boredom is not an option.” – Rex Reed – Observer

“Tea With the Dames features these women not just serving up refined dish but frankly comparing notes on the fears and anxieties of an actor’s life.” (NYTimes Critic’s Pick) – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times