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
RADA will join forces with The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company for a co-production of Hamlet to raise funds to aid the capital woprks at RADA’s Chenies Street site in London. Hamlet will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will feature RADA alumnus Tom Hiddleston in the title role. The show will play a straictly limited three week run at RADA’s 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre from 1 – 23 September 2017. The acting company and creative team are made up from members of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and RADA. They are Ayesha Antoine (Rosencrantz / Bernarda), Lolita Chakrabarti (Queen Gertrude), Nicholas Farrell (King Claudius), Sean Foley (Polonius / Osric), Tom Hiddleston (Hamlet), Ansu Kabia (King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger), Caroline Martin (Horatia), Eleanor de Rohan (Guildastern / Marcella / Priest), Irfan Shamji (Laertes / Player Queen) and Kathryn Wilder (Ophelia). Hamlet will be designed by James Cotterill … Read more
Following John Hurt’s withdrawal from the upcoming production of The Entertainer following medical advice, it has been announced that Gawn Grainger will now play Billy Rice. Gawn Grainger began his career as the Boy Prince in Ivor Novello’s King’s Rhapsody at the Prince’s Theatre when he was twelve years old. Recent stage credits include The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse). Other work in the West End includes Onassis, Absolutely Perhaps and The Crucible. Gawn was also a company member in Laurence Olivier’s inaugural season at the National Theatre’s South Bank venue in 1976. Previous productions at the National Theatre include A Woman Killed With Kindness, Some Trace Of Her, Sing Your Heart Out For The Lands, The Passion, The Seagull and The Misanthrope. At the Almeida Gawn has appeared in Harold Pinter’s productions of No Man’s Land, Party Time and Mountain Language … Read more
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
Kenneth Branagh puts in a surprising masterclass in physical comedy as Ralph, getting big laughs despite spending most of the play unable to speak. He is, as expected, excellent at playing the silky smooth secret agent but his movement and timing is also exceptional and he deploys razor sharp comic timing.
Kenneth Branagh, Rob Brydon, Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen make up the cast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s new comedy The Painkiller. Directed and adapted by Sean Foley, The Painkiller will be the fifth production in the Plays at the Garrick season and will play from 5 March until 30 April 2016. Foley directs his “dark, yet hilarious” adaptation of Francis Veber’s classic French farce, while Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon reprise the roles they played to great acclaim at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre inaugural season. Foley said: “I’m delighted to have the chance to further develop this comedy with the remarkable double act of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, who, together with the brilliant Mark Hadfield, were a joy to direct in the first production. “I know that they are excited as I am to also be welcoming to our cast the extraordinary talents of Claudie … Read more