DAME Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart have joined fellow actors David Bradley and Dame Janet Suzman as Patrons of the Friends of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations.
The number of Friends of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations continues to grow, and now also includes world renowned Shakespeare scholar Sir Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Dame Judi, known for her work on stage and screen, has maintained her connection with Stratford and the RSC since she made her Stratford debut in 1962 as Isabella in Measure for Measure.
Dame Judi said:” I am absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be a Patron of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations. Stratford is very close to my heart, so what more could one ask than to be associated with the town and Shakespeare.”
Sir Patrick is equally well- known for his roles n stage and screen, and has been a regular on the RSC stage in Stratford in recent years.
He said: “I am delighted to accept the invitation to become a Patron. Shakespeare and Stratford have a very important place in my life and heart.”
Professor Wells is the author of many books about Shakespeare and has a new book, Great Shakespeare Actors, being published on Shakespeare’s Birthday this year.
Professor Wells said: “I have been taking part in the Shakespeare Celebrations for over half a century and am delighted to become a Patron.”
Val Harris, Development Manager for the Shakespeare’s Celebrations encouraged people to join as Friends of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations.
She said: “The response from our Patrons has been very exciting and the numbers of applications to become local Friends is continuing to grow. They will all receive special lapel pins and be invited to a reception at the Town Hall on the eve of the birthday parade.”
Visit www.shakespearescelebrations.com or call 01789 260645 to become Friend of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations. (s)
Above – Dame Judi Dench has become a Patron of the Friends of the Shakespeare’s Celebrations. (s)