Judi Dench and Sonia Friedman share memories of Central for new book
Judi Dench, Sonia Friedman and Zoe Wanamaker are among more than 120 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama alumni who have shared their memories of training there for a new book.
Royal Central: A Collection of Memories has been compiled by Ian Closier-Hawkins, and also includes contributions from Wendy Craig, Andrew Garfield, Michael Grandage, John Owen-Jones and Kevin Whately.
In her contribution, Dench recalls how the school was based at the Royal Albert Hall during her training, and that there was a lot of filming taking place at the time.
“I remember cutting a lecture one day to go and watch James Stewart filming: he passed us in the corridor and said ‘Hello’. What a treat,” she recalls.
The book, launched this week, has been published to coincide with the school’s 110th anniversary. More than eight decades of memories, dating back to the 1940s, are featured.