The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre. Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden.
The Winter’s Tale
With Judi Dench & Kenneth Branagh
By William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.
Judi Dench will play Paulina, Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes
17th October 2015 – 16th January 2016
Harlequinade and All On Her Own
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre. Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of five plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden.
In this rarely seen comic gem, a classical theatre company attempts to produce The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Julietm while the intrigues and dalliances of the company members are accidently revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences.
Behind the scences world takes centre stage in Terence Rattigan’s affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play. Kenneth Branagh will be joined by Zoë Wanamaker and will co-direct with Rob Ashford.
Zoë Wanamaker, in addition to playing Dame Maud in Harlequinade will also perform Terence Rattigan’s dramatic monologue All On Her Own prior to Harlequinade each night, as part of a never-before-seen double bill.
24th October 2015 – 13th January 2016
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With Kenneth Branagh & Rob Brydon
By Francis Veber, adapted by Sean Foley
Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door. One of them is a killer. One of them wants to die. What could possibly go wrong?
Sean Foley directs his darkly hilarious adaptation of Francis Veber’s classic French farce as Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon reprise the roles they played to great acclaim at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in this comic tour-de-force.
5th March 2016 – 30th April 2016
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Romeo and Juliet
With Richard Madden & Lily James
By William Shakespeare
Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and Lily James (Downton Abbey) who play the leads in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love.
12th May 2016 – 13th August 2016
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With Kenneth Branagh
By John Osborne
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne’s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.
Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the unforgettable Archie Rice.
20th August 2016 – 12th November 2016
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Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Age Restrictions: Suitable for 5+
Show Opened: 28th February 2015
Booking Until: 5th September 2015
THE GARRICK THEATRE
The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, together with C J Phipps as a consultant to help with the planning on this site which included an underground river.
The theatre was built for W S Gilbert, who was responsible for the book and lyrics of all Savoy Operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan, opening on 24th April, 1889 and named after David Garrick, an 18th Century actor, and still to this day retaining its Victorian aspects. In 1889 Sir John Hare produced and starred in The Profligate with Johnston Forbes Robertson and Lewis Waller.
The theatre had 800 seats on four levels, when first built, but since then the gallery has been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656. Also, the gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the designer Carl Toms and in 1997 the front facade also had a facelift.
In recent years, the theatre has largely been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.
Recent productions include a No Sex Please We’re British, which transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. Notably, since then, on 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opened at the theatre, having played successful seasons at the RNT’s Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych theatre, as well as a season on Broadway.
Last Updated Saturday, February 13th 2016