Touring theatre company Shakespeare in the Squares has announced Judi Dench as its new patron.
The not-for-profit company has also announced a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Tatty Hennessy, which will tour London squares and parks from June 21 to July 13.
Romeo and Juliet will open in Leinster Square, with press night on June 27 at Norland Square.
Dench said: “When I first heard about Shakespeare in the Squares, my instant reaction was, ‘That is a marvellous idea; why hasn’t anyone done it before?’
“To take Shakespeare, whose timeless plays always have something important to say about the human condition, into idyllic gardens and other iconic spaces, offers a great opportunity to engage new and non-traditional audiences of all ages.
“It also provides talented young practitioners with a showcase to display their skills at an early stage in their careers, and the company’s aim to do this is to be hugely welcomed.”
She added: “I am delighted to support this imaginative and ambitious initiative and hope that it will quickly spread far and wide.”