Smith, Connolly, More Join “Quartet”

Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins are all joining “Quartet”, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut feature which begins shooting this week.

Based on Ronald Harwood’s stage play, the story follows the residents of an old folks home for retired opera singers.

Every year on Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. A new resident comes in and upsets the balance as old rivalry’s appear.

Sheridan Smith and Michael Gambon also star in the film which will shoot over the next nine weeks around Buckinghamshire. Finola Dwyer and Stewart Mackinnon will produce.