A directoral debut from none other than Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, Kramer vs. Kramer), Quartet tells the story of retired opera singers and lifelong chums Wilf and Reggie (Billy Connolly, Fido and Tom Courtenay, Nicholas Nickleby), who, together with their former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins, Albert Nobbs), reside in Beecham House, a retirement home for aged musicians.
Each year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents arrange a concert to raise funds for their home. It is usually a smooth-running, perfectly pleasant event.
Enter stage right Jean (Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ladies in Lavender), Reggie’s ex and the fourth, most famous member of the former quartet. Having recently fallen on hard times, the aged diva checks into Beecham, and it’s not long before long-buried grievances rise to the surface, rivalries resume, and plans begin to fall apart. Reconciliation is not on the program, but the show must go on — right?
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Muskoka Opera Guild
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