Judi Dench and Maggie Smith co-star in the world premiere of David Hare?s new play The Breath of Life. The show tells the tale of two women whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understand. Madeleine Palmer (Maggie Smith) is a retired curator, living alone on the Isle of Wight. One day to her door comes Angela Beale (Judi Dench), a popular novelist whom she has met only once before. The progress of a single night comes fascinatingly to echo the hidden course of their lives. Howard Davies directs. and designed by William Dudley.