Maggie Smith takes centre stage in the trailer for Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet

The veteran actor's directorial debut also stars Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay


If you enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then it’s odds on you’ll be interested in Maggie Smith’s latest cinematic venture – the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet.


The veteran actress plays retired opera singer Jean Horton, who moves into a plush retirement home for musicians (bearing a striking resemblance to her regular hangout, Downton Abbey) and is reunited with her once-celebrated operatic ensemble – Wilf (Billy Connolly), Cissy (Pauline Collins) and Reg (Tom Courtenay).

But Jean’s diva tendencies, refusal to sing and wounded feelings following a stormy short-lived marriage to fellow resident Reg, disrupt the equilibrium of Beecham House and complicate the organisation of the home’s annual concert to celebrate the birth of composer Giuseppe Verdi. 

The theatrical trailer for Hoffman’s feature directing debut suggests a film packed full of B flats and bickering between the four leads, alongside appearances from Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith and Andrew Sachs to top off a stellar British cast. For a taster, check out the two-minute preview below:


Quartet is released in US cinemas on 28 December 2012 and comes to British shores on 4 January 2013.