is a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play of the same
title by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from September
1999 until January 2000.
was filmed at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire, in autumn 2011. The film
is actor Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.
tells the touching and often hilarious story of Reg, Wilf and Cissy, retired
former opera singers who often worked together, living in Beecham House,
a retirement home for gifted musicians. The singers and musicians living
in the house put on a gala concert on Giuseppe Verdi's birthday every
year. Finances threaten closure of the home, but proceeds from the concert
hold hope for a revival. The arrival of Reg's ex-wife, Jean, has old rivalries
and theatrical temperaments flaring up again, and it becomes unclear if
the show will or will not go on. Three of the four are keen to recreate
the third act quartet 'Bella figlia dell'amore' from Rigoletto - and one
The story of Quartet is based at Beecham House, a retirement
home for musicians. Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire was used as
the location. Several scenes were filmed at St Nicholas' Church,
of the supporting cast is made up of actual musical stars of the
past, as illustrated by then-and-now photos during the closing credits.
Quartet premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film
Festival on 9 September 2012. The 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival
honoured director Hoffman with a tribute and a screening of the
film on 9 October 2012.
film received its Welsh premiere at Cardiff's Cineworld complex
on Thursday 6 December 2012, in a charity event arranged by the
Rotary Club of Blackwood, with proceeds donated to charities. The
premiere was attended by the film's producer Finola Dwyer, who gave
an interview about the making of the film.