Alan Bennett’s latest play Allelujah is heading for the big screen, and here’s the trailer for the early 2023 release.
Alan Bennett’s work is most frequently seen on the stage, first finding success with Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in the game changing 1960s satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, with the likes of The History Boys and The Madness of George III being seen as contemporary classics. The latter two, along with The Lady In The Van, were eventually adapted into very successful films.
Bennett’s most recent play, Allelujah, is getting the same treatment. The synopsis for it reads as follows…
When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back by galvanizing the local community: they invite a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse. What could go wrong? ALLELUJAH celebrates the spirit of the elderly patients whilst paying tribute to the deep humanity of the medical staff battling with limited resources and ever-growing demand.
Jennifer Saunders leads a cast that also includes Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Sir Derek Jacobi and Dame Judi Dench.
While previous Bennett adaptations were helmed by former Artistic Director of the National Theatre Sir Nicholas Hytner, this time one of his predecessors in that role, Richard Eyre, is behind the camera, working from a screenplay adapted by Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas. Both Hytner and Bennett serve as producers, with long time collaborator George Fenton composing the music.
Allelujah is due to be released in UK cinemas on the 17th March 2023.
Watch the trailer below…
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