Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company

 
 
 
 

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company

 

Celebrated actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh presents this year-long, five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. Two years in the making, the season launches in October 2015 and brings together an exceptional cast of actors, including Judi Dench, Rob Brydon, Richard Madden and Lily James. Branagh, who will also perform in some of the productions, collaborates with director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram for the season.

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The Winter's Tale

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th October - 16th January 2016

 

Two years in the making, actor and director Kenneth Branagh presents a five-play, year-long season at the Garrick Theatre in 2015. Launching the season, this reimagined production of Shakespeare's tragicomedy The Winter's Tale sees Judi Dench play Paulina and Kenneth Branagh play Leontes. Branagh will also co-direct with Rob Ashford following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. The exciting season, which involves designer Christopher Oram, brings together an exceptional cast of actors, including Rob Brydon in The Painkiller, and Lily James and Richard Madden in Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

Harlequinade

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 24th October - 13th January 2016

 

The second production in Kenneth Branagh's year-long season at the Garrick Theatre, this production of Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade sees Branagh perform and also co-direct with Rob Ashford. First performed in 1948 at the Phoenix Theatre, Harlequinade is a rarely-seen comedy that follows a classical theatre company as they attempt to produce The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet with the disruption of the company's personal dalliances. Boasting a star-studded cast, the rest of the season includes The Winter's Tale with Judi Dench, which runs alongside Harlequinade, The Painkiller with Rob Brydon, and Romeo and Juliet with Richard Madden and Lily James.

 
 
 

The Painkiller

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th March - 30th April 2016

 

Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees Branagh star alongside Rob Brydon, reprising the roles they played to great acclaim at Belfast's Lyric Theatre back in 2011. Brydon plays a down-and-out Welsh loser who's determined to commit suicide while Branagh takes the role of a sinister hit-man who's come to wipe out a witness in a trial. Bring them together in two adjoining hotel rooms and what could possibly go wrong? Running for a year from October 2015, the Garrick season also sees the likes of Judi Dench, Richard Madden and Lily James take to the stage in productions of The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

Romeo and Juliet

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 12th May - 13th August 2016

 

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and Downton Abbey actress Lily James star in this production of Romeo and Juliet, which is staged at the Garrick Theatre as part of Kenneth Branagh's year-long, star-studded season. Madden and James first starred together in Branagh's 2015 film Cinderella and now they will be reunited to take the leads in Shakespeare's heart breaking tale of forbidden love. Four other plays make up the season, including The Winter's Tale with Judi Dench, The Painkiller with Rob Brydon and The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh.

 
 
 

The Entertainer

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th August - 12th November 2016

 

Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh in this production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, concluding Branagh's year-long, five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. In the production Branagh plays old-time British music hall performer Archie Rice - a role strongly associated with Laurence Olivier. As he begins to sink into final defeat, Rice schemes to stay in show business and the seedy glamour of the business is exposed. The four preceding plays in the Garrick season are The Winter's Tale, Harlequinade, The Painkiller and Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

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