Dame Judi Dench will reprise her role in the Broadway production of Amy's View beginning Apr. 3, 1999 for a limited engagement of 115 performances at the Barrymore Theatre. The opening night is set for Apr. 15 with a run through July 18, 1999.
View, by David Hare, examines the relationship between stage legend Esme Allen and her daughter Amy. The play begins in 1979 and follows the two women through to the present day.
Dench, who was nominated for an Olivier for Amy's View, is perhaps best known in America for her film work including "M" in the most recent James Bond movies, Mistress Quickly in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" and her Oscar-nominated turn as Queen Victoria in 1997's "Mrs. Brown." She has not been seen on Broadway since a 1961 U.S. tour with the Old Vic Theatre Company.
London director Richard Eyre, former head of the Royal National, will direct the piece again for New York.
Designing Amy's View are Bob Crowley (sets) and Mark Henderson (lighting). Music is by Richard Hartley. The show is being produced on Broadway by Robert Fox, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Joan Cullman and The Shubert Organization. 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.
Should Amy's View reach Broadway as planned, Hare would potentially open three shows on the Great White Way in one season: The Blue Room and Via Dolorosa being the other two. Not only that, last season's The Judas Kiss ran until early August, which gives Hare the potential of having four plays run on Broadway within a 12-month period.