Mrs. Henderson Presents | 2005

Drama, Comedy
London, 1937. Mrs. Laura Henderson, a woman of wealth and connections, has just buried her beloved husband. And now she's bored. At 69, she is far too energetic and vital to fade into gentle widowhood. What she needs ...more
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Martin Sherman
Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. Another 1 win & 18 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Laura Henderson

Actor

... Vivian Van Damm

Actor

... Bertie

Actor

... Lord Cromer

Actor

... Maureen

Actor

... Lady Conway

Actor

... Jane

Actor

... Peggy

Actor

... Vera

Actor

... Doris

Actor

... Maggie

Actor

Company

Financier

Production Company

Production Company

Heyman-Hoskins Productions

Production Company

Micro-Fusion

Production Company

Financier

Synopsis

London, 1937. Mrs. Laura Henderson, a woman of wealth and connections, has just buried her beloved husband. And now she's bored. At 69, she is far too energetic and vital to fade into gentle widowhood. What she needs, says her friend Lady Conway, is a hobby. Collecting diamonds, perhaps? Or doing charitable works? But, to the shock of her friends she instead buys a theatre--the Windmill Theatre in the heart of Soho. She knows nothing about running it, so she hires a manager: enter Vivian Van Damm. Their love-hate relationship sparks fireworks--and historic innovations in British theatre. Van Damm's idea is "Revuedeville" or non-stop entertainment. It is a first, and the Windmill is packed--until other theatres copy it. Then it's Laura's turn to devise another first--put naked girls on stage! But as the bombing of London begins, the government threatens to close the theatre. Mrs. Henderson's fighting spirit is revealed--and so is the secret that drew her to the Windmill in the first place.

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