Tea with the Dames is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of England’s most iconic actresses: Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Eileen Atkins, the beloved stars of the Harry Potter films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall, Tea with Mussolini, “Downton Abbey,” “The Crown” and so much more. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty, and have been friends for over fifty years. Each a winner of an Olivier Award (England’s equivalent of the Tony), they trade fascinating stories about its namesake Sir Laurence and other stage and screen luminaries, as well as assorted husbands, at the beautiful country estate where Plowright and Olivier lived when married. Maggie Smith, who played Desdemona to Olivier’s Othello in 1965, recalls that his slap during a performance “was the only time I saw stars at the National Theatre.” Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Venus), the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, it’s a delight.