Jennifer Saunders, Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Derek Jacobi and Dame Judi Dench lead the cast of Allelujah: more on the film here.

The acclaimed stage play Allelujah, from the pen of Alan Bennett, is on its way to the big screen thanks to a now-shooting movie.

The play has been adapted for the screen by Heidi Thomas, and it’s being directed by Richard Eyre (who previously helmed Iris and Notes On A Scandal).

The cast for the movie is impressive too: Jennifer Saunders, Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench all line up. Even before you get to the strong Doctor Who links between a few of them, that’s quite the ensemble.

Pathe, BBC Films and Ingenious Media are backing this one, with the former releasing the movie in the UK. Allelujah has just started filming too, and we suspect we’re looking at a release at some point in 2022.

More on the film as we hear it. For now, we’ll leave you with the synopsis for it…

ALLELUJAH is the darkly comic story of a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital 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.  What could go wrong?  ALLELUJAH rejoices in the antics of the wayward patients and their frazzled families, whilst celebrating the deep humanity of the medical staff battling with limited resources and ever-growing demand.  But in the midst of the tears and the laughter, we slowly realise that there is something threatening the hospital that is far more lethal than the politicians demanding efficiency at any cost… 

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