Victoria & Abdul (PG)



Drama (2017)
112mins UK/US

Starring: Olivia Williams, Dame Judi Dench, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard
Director: Stephen Frears
Writer(s): Lee Hall
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

The year is 1887 and Queen Victoria is comfortably installed as Empress of India, although she has never visited the domain for fear of assassination. In Agra, two lowly men - Abdul Karim and Mohammed - are chosen by British authorities to present the monarch with a ceremonial gold coin called a mohur. They travel to Windsor Castle and receive a crash course in royal etiquette. Soon after, Abdul catches Victoria's eye and the visitor is rapidly promoted to the monarch's spiritual advisor.

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Victoria & Abdul (PG)

In 1997, Judi Dench beautifully captured the aching loneliness and dignity of Queen Victoria in John Madden's exquisite biographical drama, Mrs Brown. At the formidable age of 64 years young, she won Bafta and Golden Globe awards for her dazzling performance and garnered her first Oscar nomination. Undeservedly, Dench lost the golden statuette to Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets but the following year, she emerged victorious, this time as an acid-tongued Queen Elizabeth, for Shakespeare In Love. Twenty years later, the diminutive national treasure effortlessly slips back into the regal garb of Queen Victoria for Stephen Frears' heart-warming drama torn from a long-lost page in history...

Victoria & Abdul. Copyright: Focus Features. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim in Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears. Photo: Peter Mountain. All Rights Reserved."Based on real events... mostly" declares an opening title card, raising the curtain on a comfortingly warm and cosy script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), who has adapted the book of the same title by Shrabani Basu. Set during the final five years of Victoria's turbulent reign, Frears' picture touches upon some of the same themes as Dench's earlier portrayal of the grief-stricken monarch, albeit with more humour. Mrs Lighter Brown, if you will. The year is 1887 and Queen Victoria (Dench) is comfortably installed as Empress of India, although she has never visited the domain for fear of assassination.

In Agra, two lowly men - Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) and Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar) - are chosen by British authorities to present the monarch with a ceremonial gold coin called a mohur. They travel to Windsor Castle and receive a crash course in royal etiquette from groom-in-waiting Alick Yorke (Julian Wadham). Soon after, Abdul catches Victoria's eye - "I thought the tall one was terribly handsome," she coos - and the visitor is rapidly promoted to the monarch's spiritual advisor or "Munshi". A relationship of mutual appreciation blossoms between Victoria and Abdul, to the consternation of her son and heir apparent Bertie (Eddie Izzard), as well as private secretary Sir Henry Ponsonby (Tim Pigott-Smith), personal physician Dr Reid (Paul Higgins) and Prime Minister Lord Salisbury (Michael Gambon). "I say he's the brown John Brown," cruelly sneers Baroness Churchill (Olivia Williams), one of the Queen's glowering companions.

Victoria & Abdul is a bittersweet and irresistibly charming chocolate box, filled predominantly with soft emotional centres Serious discourse about the impact of the British empire in late 19th-century India is conveniently swept under the palaces' Persian rugs. Twinkly-eyed Dench is flawless, capturing the isolation and despair of her overweight, cantankerous ruler ("Everyone I've really loved has died and I just go on and on," she sobs) as well as Victoria's steely resolve when her son threatens to seize the throne by having her declared insane. Screen chemistry with Bollywood hunk Fazal is delightful and the great and the good of the British acting establishment inhabit supporting roles with plummy aplomb.

- Jo Planter

Victoria & Abdul. Copyright: Focus Features. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim in Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears. Photo: Peter Mountain. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 13th October
To Thursday 19th October

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Christchurch, Regent
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dereham, Hollywood Cinema
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Gloucester Guildhall
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Ludlow, Assembly Rooms
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Lynton, Lynton Cinema
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Hollywood Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peebles, Eastgate Theatre
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St Ives, The Royal
- St. Leonards-on-Sea, Kino Teatr
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Uttoxeter, Cinebowl, Uttoxeter
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 20th October
To Thursday 26th October

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Caernarfon, Galeri Caernarfon
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Christchurch, Regent
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gorey, Movies@Gorey
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Louth, Playhouse
- Lowestoft, Marina Theatre
- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newport, The Riverfront
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- South Shields, Customs House
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Uttoxeter, Cinebowl, Uttoxeter
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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