FIRST LOOK: Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet for RADA directed by Kenneth Branagh

Tom Hiddleston in Hamlet

We are pleased to bring you Johan Persson’s great first look production images of a very special production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet currently being performed at RADA by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company starring Tom Hiddleston as the Prince of Denmark and directed by Kenneth Branagh himself. This special production is being staged as a fund raiser for RADA. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RADA

Freddie Fox Replaces Richard Madden In Romeo And Juliet

Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre

Producers have just released the following statement regarding Richard Madden and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet:- The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today sadly announced that due to medical advice, Richard Madden will not be returning to the company of Romeo and Juliet before the production completes its run on 13 August. Richard Madden injured his ankle last month whilst running and has been receiving physiotherapy since. However, although Richard is expected to make a full recovery, the injury to Richard’s ankle has not healed as quickly as hoped, and as a result his doctors have prescribed further rest which makes it impossible for him to return to the stage before the production closes. Freddie Fox will continue to play Romeo, having joined the company last month after off-stage injuries meant that both Richard Madden and his understudy, Tom Hanson, who in addition has played Paris … Read more

FIRST LOOK: Kenneth Branagh In The Entertainer

Book Now for Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre

BritishTheatre.com are pleased to bring you this first look at Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an examination of public masks and private torment. John Hurt will return to the London stage for the first time in a decade as patriarch Billy Rice opposite Kenneth Branagh, who as previously announced, will play Archie Rice in Rob Ashford’s production. Also joining the company will be Phil Dunster (Graham), Jonah Hauer-King (Frank Rice), Pip Jordan (dancer), Crispin Letts (Brother Bill), Sophie McShera (Jean Rice), Greta Scacchi (Phoebe Rice) and Kate Tydman (dancer). The Entertainer will be the final production in the Plays At The Garrick season presented by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. BOOK NOW FOR THE ENTERTAINER

A fairytale cast for Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has revealed the full cast for Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. Joining Lily James as Juliet, Richard Madden as Romeo and Derek Jacobi as Mercutio is Meera Syal as the Nurse. Meera Syal said: “I’m so looking forward to joining such an exciting and prestigious company, and to be performing Shakespeare with them in this, his 400th anniversary year.” Lily James is an actress of stage and screen who came to international prominence in Downton Abbey as Lady Rose and who has recently won acclaim for her role in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 production of Cinderella in which she played the title character. Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford will direct Shakespeareʼs heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Derek Jacobi’s stage credits include Heartbreak House, King Lear, two productions of Twelfth … Read more

REVIEW: Red Velvet, Garrick Theatre ✭✭✭

Red Velvet at the Garrick Theatre

Red Velvet touches on a number of very difficult subjects regarding race, and does so in a compelling and thoughtful manner. The play is generally well written – with a number of excellent touches – and this production contains a host of fine performances, not least Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. Nevertheless, Aldridge is an incomplete protagonist, and too many aspects of his life are told to us, rather than shown. This means that, in spite of the play’s many strong qualities, it cannot achieve its full dramatic potential.

TICKET ALERT: More tickets for Judi Dench in The Winter’s Tale On Sale Now

A Winter's Tale with Judi Dench

Some last minute tickets have just been released for Judi Dench in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is re-imagined 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. These tickets will not last long and are available throughout the season which starts on October 17, 2015 at the Garrick Theatre. DON’T MISS OUT – BOOK NOW!

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company At The Garrick

Kenneth Branagh Company announces further casting for The Winter's Tale and Harlequinade

Kenneth Branagh is back in the West End with a series of plays being presented at the Garrick Theatre under the banner of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Commencing in October 2015 and running for a year this venture will be under the direction of central creative team which includes central artistic associates Rob Ashford, Christopher Oram and Director/ Adaptor Sean Foley. An ensemble of exception artists including Ron Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden are already confirmed with further casting to be announced. THE WINTERʼS TALE By William Shakespeare 17 October 2015 – 16 January 2016 READ OUR 6 STAR REVIEW Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is re-imagined 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. ALL ON HER OWN / HARLEQUINADE … Read more

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