First Look At The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company

Last Updated on 25th February 2016

The cast of Harlequinade being presented by The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company starring Zoe Wannamaker
The cast of Harlequinade. Photo: Johan Persson

This is the first publicity image released from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company for their first production the never-before seen Rattigan double bill of Harlequinade and All On Her Own.

Harlequinade and All On Her Own will play in repertory with A Winter’s Tale from 17 October 2015 at the Garrick Theatre, London.

In the rarely seen comic gem Harlequinade, a classical theatre company attempts to produce The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, while the intrigues and dalliances of the company members are accidently revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences. Kenneth Branagh will play Harlequinade’s actor-manager Arthur Gosport in addition to co-directing the production with Rob Ashford.

The full cast for Harlequinade includes: Jaygann Ayeh (Second Halberdier), Tom Bateman (Jack Wakefield), Kenneth Branagh (Arthur Gosport), Jessie Buckley (Muriel Palmer), Vera Chok (Miss Fishlock), Jack Colgrave Hirst (Tom Palmer), John Dagleish (Policeman), Hadley Fraser (First Halberdier), Ansu Kabia (Johnny), Stuart Neal (Fred Ingram), Zoë Rainey (Wardrobe Mistress), Miranda Raison (Edna Selby), Michael Rouse (Rehearsal Pianist), John Shrapnel (George Chudleigh), Zoë Wanamaker (Dame Maud), Kathryn Wilder (Joyce Langland) and Jimmy Yuill (Mr Burton).

In addition to playing Dame Maud in Harlequinade, Zoë Wanamaker will also perform Terence Rattigan’s dramatic monologue All On Her Own, which has never before played in the West End. In this brief but powerfully atmospheric play, which will be staged every evening prior to Harlequinade, a woman with a secret, alone at midnight in London has a burden to share that is at times both heart-breaking and sinister. Zoё Wanamaker will not appear in The Winter’s Tale.


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