The Breath of Life starring Judi Dench & Maggie Smith, which was due to end its run on Sat 21 Dec 02, will return to the Haymarket on 1 Jan 03 for an extra 4 weeks to 1 Feb 03 (Note there willl not be any Monday performances for this extra 4 weeks)

David Hare's new play received good notices from the popular press when it opened in Oct 02: THE GUARDIAN says, "Smoothly written and superbly performed." THE TIMES says, "Elegantly, shrewdly and wittily written...beautifully played by the dames; but the conclusion is deliberately unclear." BBC ONLINE says, "Evenings at the theatre do not come much richer, wiser or neater.." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Two great dames rise magnificently to the occasion." THE DAILY MAIL says, "This is Maggie Smith's evening" And goes on to say, "Disappointingly, it does not ignite a theatrical 'head-to-head' in the way one was expecting."

Directed by Howard Davies and designed by William Dudley, it is a tale of two women whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understand. Madeleine Palmer (MAGGIE SMITH) is a retired curator, living alone on the Isle of Wight. One day to her door comes Angela Beale (JUDI DENCH), a popular novelist whom she has met only once before. The progress of a single night comes to echo the hidden course of their lives.

Maggie Smith's West End credits include "Lady in the Van" at the Queens Theatre 1999, "A Delicate Balance", at the Haymarket Theatre 1997, "Talking Heads", at the Comedy Theatre 1996, and "Three Tall Women", at the Wyndham's Theatre 1994.

Judi Dench's London credits include "The Seagull" at the National in 1994, "An Absolute Hell" at the National in 1995, "A Little Night Music" at the National in 1995/96, "Amy's View" at the National in 1997 and at the Aldwych in 1998, "Filumena" at the Piccadilly in 1999 and most recently "The Royal Family" at the Haymarket in 2001/02.

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