Victoria and Abdul

Victoria & Abdul (PG) – Bembridge Village Hall – 3.00pm – Sunday 18th March

Continuing our Empire Season…the film that everyone on the Isle of Wight has been talking about! Victoria and Abdul is the historical drama following Queen Victoria’s late-life relationship with an Indian man who joins her household staff, causing shock and consternation amongst her family and advisers. Shot extensively at Osborne House (with the assistance of Island extras!) Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard and Ali Fazal put in bravura performances in this heart-warming costume drama based on real events.  The author of the book on which the film is based, Shrabani Basu, will be talking to us about the real life drama – and how the book was translated into film – three weeks later on 8th April.

“Dench… is magnificent throughout and surely deserves yet more award nominations for following Anna Neagle’s example and playing Queen Vic for a second time. She is haughty and imperious when she needs to be but brings quiet humour and tenderness to the role too.  She also knows just how to portray the Queen as an ill and vulnerable old woman. Whatever liberties Frears and co may have taken with historical fact, her performance feels utterly authentic.” **** The Independent

Tickets are just £10 including a marvellous afternoon tea from the Ryde Lions afterwards.  This is sure to be a sell-out, so please book tickets early by emailing Judith at

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes plus 30 minutes for afternoon tea.



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