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Saturday 21 October 2017

Judi Dench to join daughter Finty Williams for the first time onstage

Judi Dench
Judi Dench

Judi Dench is to share a stage with her daughter, Finty Williams, for the first time in a new play set on the UK's election day this year.

The pair will play a mother and daughter going to cast their ballot in The Vote.

The play, which runs at London's Donmar Warehouse for two weeks, is set in a fictional London polling station in the last hour and a half before polls close - and will be screened on More 4 at that exact time on May 7, election day itself.

The cast, which also includes Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate and Timothy West, will play a mixture of voters, election officials and volunteers helping out on the night.

Artistic director, Josie Rourke, who also directs the play, said: "This is a unique opportunity for the Donmar to make a small theatre feel very big.

"Some of the nation's greatest actors are coming together this election night to give theatre a seat at the table of a national event.

"Everyone involved is approaching this experiment with a sense of adventure."

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"This acting company will be portraying a 90-minute slice of our nation as it goes to the polls. The scale and scope of this incredible company of actors is going to make this a very special event," she added.

"This is the first time Judi Dench has been back on the Donmar stage since 1976. To have her at the heart of this incredible company of actors makes this event a total joy."

The play is the work of James Graham, whose recent work includes Channel 4's Coalition, which examined the negotiations involved in the creation of the current British government.

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