Dame Judi Dench has won for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Esme Allen in David Hare's Amy's View.
As Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," Dench won a 1999 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other film work includes "M" in the most recent James Bond movies, Mistress Quickly in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" and her Oscar-nominated role as another queen (Victoria) in 1997's "Mrs. Brown." She has not been seen on Broadway since a 1958 U.S. tour with the Old Vic Theatre Company.
Amy's View opened first in June 1997 at the National Theatre in London before transferring to the West End's Aldwych Theatre Jan. 17, 1998. The production closed there April 18, 1998, reopening at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre April 3, 1999. In London, Dench was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress for Amy's View.