As the story goes, Trevor Nunn spotted two young lovers among a cast of actors getting off a plane returning from Australia.
He liked the look of them so much that he cast them as the romantic leads in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of Dion Boucicault’s “London Assurance” which opened today in 1970 at the Aldwych Theatre.
The show itself, directed by Ronald Eyre, was a huge success – transferring first to the New Theatre and then Broadway’s Palace Theatre.
And the young lovers? Judi Dench and Michael Williams, who got married eight months later in February 1971.