Judi Dench's Exits & Entrances: A Celebration Of Shakespeare

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

A Shakespearean celebration, with readings by Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet, Emilia Fox and the late Jeffery Dench. Exits and Entrances commemorates the 400th anniversary on April 23rd 2017 of the death of the world's most celebrated playwright William Shakespeare.

The recording comprises readings of many of the most well-known and best-loved verse and sonnets from the world's finest playwright, with specially scored original light classical music accompanying nine of the twenty-four tracks on the album, written by British composer Jackie Williams.

It features the renowned stage and screen actress, the iconic Dame Judi Dench, with some of her favourite selections from the Bard's works, alongside television and theatre actor David Suchet , best-known for his unique TV portrayal of Agatha Christie's Poirot, the hugely popular successful TV series syndicated to many countries. 

Also featured is Emilia Fox from the famous Fox family dynasty, well-known for her lead character in crime drama 'Silent Witness', along with two other celebrated members of the Dench family. 

Jeffery Dench, late brother of Dame Judi, was a prolific actor and member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, well-known for his powerfully-intoned Shakespeare roles, who adds a contrastingly robust tone, and Oliver Dench, grandson of Jeffery, is an aspiring actor who recently adapted and performed Hamlet to great acclaim, playing all the characters in the play.

The project was originated by producer Mike Ritson and his musician partner Jackie. Ritson went to art college in Liverpool at the same time as John Lennon and had a successful career working in advertising in the 1980s before becoming a TV producer for ITN.

On the 24 tracks, the stars each perform well-known snippets from Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, and As You Like It, as well as sonnet selections.

"We happened to know Jeff Dench, Judi's brother, and we really owe a lot of the album's success to

him," said Ritson. "Our friendship grew and he connected us with Judi.  He loved the idea of doing a CD of Shakespeare's words and music and he thought Judi would be excited too, and she was - everyone loves Shakespeare and they all jumped at the opportunity. All it took was a phone call to David Suchet and Emilia Fox to get them on board. They've all done it for the pure love and passion."

Composer Jackie added: "The idea of the CD is to combine Shakespeare's best loved words - sonnets and extracts - with light classical music. We've intentionally avoided going down the medieval route that everyone does, there's no lutes on it!"

Dame Judi Dench recently appeared on the popular British radio show Desert Island Discs (the longest-running programme on the BBC) selecting her eight favourite records. Among them she chose her brother Jeffery Dench's recital of Sonnet 18 - 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' - from "Exits And Entrances", with the familiar line, 'thy eternal summer shall not fade',  lent extra poignancy by the fact that Stratford resident Jeffery passed away last year.

Dame Judi's commitment to the project is underlined by the fact that she has made herself available for phone interviews with US media to support the release.

Pre-order now at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon.

The high res cover art is HERE, and press photos can be found HERE.

 

Haute Tease

  • Shadow Dancer Review - An Explosive Political Thriller That Grabs Your Attention and Holds On

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Shadow Dancer,” from Magnolia Pictures BFI and BBC Films, presents a riveting psychological spy thriller, with unexpected plot twists and turns, pitting the determined against the skilled, all leading to an unbelievable conclusion.

     
  • Turkish Police Officer Murders Russian Ambassador

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Turkish Police officer assassinated the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in front of a horrified crowd at a photo exhibition in Ankara, the Turkish capital, over the Russian’s hard-line uncompromising commitment to Syria’s Bashar al Assad.

     
  • Signing Santa Brings Joy to Thousands This Holiday Season

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, The Beverly Center and The Taubman Company recently partnered to launch a one-of-a kind opportunity that enabled deaf children across the country to tell Santa their Christmas wish in their own language.

     
  • Apple Introduces 2016 Product Line

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Apple introduced the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at the company's fall press event in San Francisco. The smartphone is set to be available for purchase on September 25 and can be pre-ordered by September 12.

     
  • Cold Grey Light of Dawn, Newest Single by Hudson Moore, Featured in Sweetwater

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Cold Grey Light of Dawn,” Hudson Moore’s newest song is featured in the end credits of the recently released revenge filled western, “Sweetwater,” which stars January Jones, Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs. 

     
  • A LATE QUARTET, from Director Yaron Zilberman, Brilliantly Captures the World of Classical Performing Arts

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A LATE QUARTET, from Opening Night Productions and Westend Films, delivers a magnificent emersion into the world of classical arts in the cultural Mecca of New York City.

     
  • Hightown Pirates Release their Debut Album, Dry and High, on Strike Back Records

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    We're kicking off the weekend with the debut album from celebrated London ensemble Hightown Pirates, which has so far had a huge response. Hightown Pirates have included with their debut album Dry and High stunning artwork by Pete Doherty.

     
  • Beltway Insider: President Justifies Iraq Action; National Guard Moves on Ferguson; Gov Perry Indicted

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, has made the unusual decision to interrupt his family holiday and return to the White House as global conflicts and domestic violence has escalated despite calls for calm and sustainable peace treaties. 

     
  • Contemporary Cape Cod Artists Book Review - A Beautiful Display of Conceptual Art

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Contemporary Cape Cod Artists on Abstraction, from Deborah Forman and Schiffer Books, presents forty-five Cape Cod Artists, who provide a varied range of interpretation and application of abstraction, the concept of canvas, and the inspiration that motivates.

     
  • Riviera Nayarit Hosts the XIX International Gourmet Festival

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Celebrating its 19th year, the Festival Gourmet International returns to the pristine Pacific coastline of Mexico. The festival will once again tempt and delight the taste buds of hundreds of foodies who will come to Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and Tepic for this international gourmet event.

     
  • Conversations with the Masters: Chef Andre Soltner

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Andre Soltner, at 78, is internationally recognized as the first "superstar" chef and a Master Chef of the highest honors. While still young he left home, to begin an apprenticeship that would transport him to worlds unknown. 

     
  • Montecito Mudslides Kill 17; More than A Dozen Still Missing

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The death toll stands at seventeen as first-responders in this Southern California coastal town continue to search for the sixteen still missing after Tuesday’s massive thunderstorm brought earth, debris, trees, and boulders, rushing down the mountain.

     
  • 2020 News - Saint Anselm College Survey Center February 2019 Poll Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Announced

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    During the first week of February Saint Anselm College Survey Center conducted a poll with registered voters throughout the state. Below are the results which, at this early date, show a national consistency in preferred democratic presidential candidate.

     
  • Business News: The Evaporating American Homeownership Dream Verses Higher Education

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Picture a home of your own, a white-picket fence, front porch, yard or view. Sound like a fairy tale? Homeownership appears increasingly elusive to a large population subset, but a whopping 72% or $8.74 trillion of U.S. debt is mortgage-related, according to MarketWatch.  

  • SUFFRAGETTE Review – Emotionally Gripping, Resonating, Impacting

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SUFFRAGETTE, from Pathe and Focus Features, brings to the screen a bio-pic of the Suffragette movement in London, a precursor to the modern Women’s movement, and the sacrifices they endured for a belief, a cause, a hope.

 

Login Form