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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama dedicates studio theatre to Judi Dench

Judi Dench. Photo: Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has renamed its performance studio after actor and alumna Judi Dench.

The Dench Studio is also dedicated to the careers of Dench’s late brother Jeffery and her daughter Finty Williams, also both alumni of the London drama school.

Alongside the renamed studio, Central has installed a photographic display of images of the family’s performances.

Dench is also set to lay the foundation stone of Central’s new North Block Development, which is already part-way through construction and will extend the school’s teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces.

The £16.5 million development received planning permission in 2015 and is expected to open later this year.

£16.7m Royal Central School redevelopment to begin in July 2016 [1]

Of her relationship with the school, Dench – who also served as its president between 1992 and 1997 – said: “My brother Jeffery only ever wanted to be an actor and I caught his enthusiasm. I followed him to Central, and my daughter followed me to Central.

“Central grows from strength to strength, even in these difficult times financially. Embarking on a major new building is a challenge, but these facilities are much needed to keep Central at the forefront in training and research for the dramatic arts.”