QUARTET is an upcoming comedy drama film directed by Dustin Hoffman, and adapted by Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Being Julia and The Pianist) from his own acclaimed stage play. It marks Hoffman’s directorial debut, and stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connoly.
Lifelong friends Wilf and Reggie (Connolly and Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.
As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.
- via Yahoo