Victoria & Abdul (Subtitled) (PG)



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Drama (2017)
112mins UK/US

Starring: Olivia Williams, Dame Judi Dench, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard
Director: Stephen Frears
Writer(s): Lee Hall
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

The year is 1887 and Queen Victoria is comfortably installed as Empress of India, although she has never visited the domain for fear of assassination. In Agra, two lowly men - Abdul Karim and Mohammed - are chosen by British authorities to present the monarch with a ceremonial gold coin called a mohur. They travel to Windsor Castle and receive a crash course in royal etiquette. Soon after, Abdul catches Victoria's eye and the visitor is rapidly promoted to the monarch's spiritual advisor.

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Victoria & Abdul (PG)

In 1997, Judi Dench beautifully captured the aching loneliness and dignity of Queen Victoria in John Madden's exquisite biographical drama, Mrs Brown. At the formidable age of 64 years young, she won Bafta and Golden Globe awards for her dazzling performance and garnered her first Oscar nomination. Undeservedly, Dench lost the golden statuette to Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets but the following year, she emerged victorious, this time as an acid-tongued Queen Elizabeth, for Shakespeare In Love. Twenty years later, the diminutive national treasure effortlessly slips back into the regal garb of Queen Victoria for Stephen Frears' heart-warming drama torn from a long-lost page in history...

Victoria & Abdul. Copyright: Focus Features. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim in Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears. Photo: Peter Mountain. All Rights Reserved."Based on real events... mostly" declares an opening title card, raising the curtain on a comfortingly warm and cosy script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), who has adapted the book of the same title by Shrabani Basu. Set during the final five years of Victoria's turbulent reign, Frears' picture touches upon some of the same themes as Dench's earlier portrayal of the grief-stricken monarch, albeit with more humour. Mrs Lighter Brown, if you will. The year is 1887 and Queen Victoria (Dench) is comfortably installed as Empress of India, although she has never visited the domain for fear of assassination.

In Agra, two lowly men - Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) and Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar) - are chosen by British authorities to present the monarch with a ceremonial gold coin called a mohur. They travel to Windsor Castle and receive a crash course in royal etiquette from groom-in-waiting Alick Yorke (Julian Wadham). Soon after, Abdul catches Victoria's eye - "I thought the tall one was terribly handsome," she coos - and the visitor is rapidly promoted to the monarch's spiritual advisor or "Munshi". A relationship of mutual appreciation blossoms between Victoria and Abdul, to the consternation of her son and heir apparent Bertie (Eddie Izzard), as well as private secretary Sir Henry Ponsonby (Tim Pigott-Smith), personal physician Dr Reid (Paul Higgins) and Prime Minister Lord Salisbury (Michael Gambon). "I say he's the brown John Brown," cruelly sneers Baroness Churchill (Olivia Williams), one of the Queen's glowering companions.

Victoria & Abdul is a bittersweet and irresistibly charming chocolate box, filled predominantly with soft emotional centres Serious discourse about the impact of the British empire in late 19th-century India is conveniently swept under the palaces' Persian rugs. Twinkly-eyed Dench is flawless, capturing the isolation and despair of her overweight, cantankerous ruler ("Everyone I've really loved has died and I just go on and on," she sobs) as well as Victoria's steely resolve when her son threatens to seize the throne by having her declared insane. Screen chemistry with Bollywood hunk Fazal is delightful and the great and the good of the British acting establishment inhabit supporting roles with plummy aplomb.

- Jo Planter

Victoria & Abdul. Copyright: Focus Features. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim in Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears. Photo: Peter Mountain. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
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- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cromer, Movieplex
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- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
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- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Grantham, Reel Cinema Grantham
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
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- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
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- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
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- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
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- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
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- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
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- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
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- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dumfries, Odeon Dumfries
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester


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