‘Allelujah’ trailer: Jennifer Saunders and Judi Dench star in lovely new British movie

A wonderful cast appear in the trailer for new comedy film Allelujah!

Adapted from Alan Bennett’s stage play by Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas, the film comes the producers of The Lady In The Van.

Watch the trailer here:

Notes on a Scandal and Iris director Richard Eyre reunites with the star of those two films, Dame Judi Dench, alongside a line-up of some of our favourite British actors.

Dench is joined in Allelujah by Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax), David Bradley (Harry Potter), Russell Tovey (The History Boys), and Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple), with newcomer Bally Gill.

Here’s the cast discussing why they love the movie:

Allelujah is described as “a warm, humorous and deeply moving story about surviving old age.”

The official synopsis reads: “When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back by galvanizing the local community: they invite a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse.

Allelujah celebrates the spirit of the elderly patients whilst paying tribute to the deep humanity of the medical staff battling with limited resources and ever-growing demand.”

When’s the release date?

Allelujah will open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 17th March 2023.

A release date in US theatres hasn’t yet been announced.

Judi Dench appeared on The Graham Norton Show last week to promote the movie, introducing a brand new clip which you can watch here:

The movie’s creative team boasts the director of photography and production designer from Downton Abbey, the composer of The Duke, and the costume designer of Little Women.

It’s an exciting time for Allelujah writer Heidi Thomas, as the BBC recently announced that Call the Midwife has been renewed for another three seasons!

As if that wasn’t enough good news, she was also awarded her OBE by His Majesty King Charles last week for Services to Drama.

The Lady in the Van is available on DVD.