Kenneth Branagh stars in HARLEQUINADE
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Garrick Theatre, London4.4150 reviews

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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, Derek Jacobi, Zoe Wanamaker, Lily James and Richard Madden.

HARLEQUINADE
By Terence Rattigan
24 October 2015 - 13 January 2016
In this rarely seen comic gem, 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.

The behind-the-scenes world takes centre stage in Terence Rattigan's affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play. 

ZOË WANAMAKER WILL PERFORM RATTIGAN’S ONE-WOMAN PLAY, ALL ON HER OWN, PRIOR TO HARLEQUINADE EACH NIGHT, AS PART OF A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN DOUBLE BILL.

ALL ON HER OWN
by TERENCE RATTIGAN
Cast includes ZOË WANAMAKER
In this brief but powerfully atmospheric play, a woman with a secret, alone at midnight in London has a burden to share that is at times both heart-breaking and sinister. This never-before-seen double bill celebrates the contrast in Rattigan’s astonishing range.

Harlequinade / All On Her Own Reviews:

★★★★
'This Terence Rattigan double bill is a sparkling opening to the season. 
Branagh is genuinely fantastic... a great comic' 
Time Out

★★★★
'Wanamaker is devastatingly good' 
Whatsonstage.com

★★★★
'A terrific comic turn' 
Daily Mail

★★★★
Evening Standard, The Independent, Guardian, Metro



Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Plays at the Garrick, a series of plays that bring together an exciting group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden. Performances begin on 17 October 2015.
 

RED VELVET
23 January - 27 February 2016
Starring ADRIAN LESTER
The Tricycle Theatre Production of Red Velvet.
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? 
 
THE PAINKILLER
by Francis Veber
In an adaptation by Sean Foley, Designed by Alice Power
5 March 2016 – 30 April 2016
Press performance: 17 March 7pm
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 Veberʼs 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.
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
By William Shakespeare
12 May 2016 – 13 August 2016
Press performance: 25 May 7pm
Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James who play the leads in Shakespeareʼs heartbreaking tale of forbidden love.
 
THE ENTERTAINER
By John Osborne
20 August 2016 – 12 November 2016
Press performance: 30 August 7pm
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs 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.


Additional Information

Running time

1 hour 45 minutes with no interval

Performance dates

24 October to 13 January 2016

Venue Information

Garrick TheatreCharing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

150 reviews4.4

Layla Jamalzadeh4th February

Fantastic performances and a very entertaining evening. Engaging plays which were a pleasure and honour to watch.

Helen Matthews17th January

Had a wonderful time. Would gladly go to the same show again, which I very rarely do!

Dawn Wood17th January

I was a little disappointed. I think the trouble is, that Rattigan has actually become rather dated and his plays are no longer viable in the present climate. The cast seemed rather tired the night we saw it, but that is understandable, given that they are performing "Winter's Tale" at the same time. I was expecting more.

Isabel Long Vieira15th January

The play was absolutely fantastic, and we really had a fantastic night out, the acting was excellent it's the second play I have seen I was like to see A winters tale and hope to see some more plays. I had no problem with my purchase of the tickets and I opted to pick them up at the ticket office, and will be using this way of purching tickets again.

Jacqueline Ley14th January

Very entertaining if a little more panto than expected. KB's performance carried Harlequinade. Brilliant dress circle usher. Support staff are important in terms of whole experience.

Beth Kirby14th January

ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL!! All On Her Own: Zoe Wanamaker performance was amazing. She took on the persona of her dead husband and her loss was easily felt. She deserved a standing ovation, but I think the audience thought it was an interval! BRAVO Zoe!! Harlequinade: Kenneth Branagh lit up the stage and I enjoyed an afternoon of laughter! The entire cast was phenomenal! Zoe Wanamaker's transition from the serious to the comedic was brilliant!

Simon Manning14th January

Two quite different performances, both excellent. Branagh is a genius!

Diane Umemoto13th January

The program started with All On Her Own, a tour de force for Zoe Wanamaker, but not a particularly exciting play. It then segued with no intermission into the utterly delightful Harlequinade--lots of good belly laughs. I hadn't realized what a wonderful physical comedian Kenneth Branagh is. Supported by an excellent cast. Don't forget to read the program notes about Terrence Rattigan; a lot of those gags were taken from real life.

Ian Clemmitt13th January

Disappointed with restricted view even though on front row of Grand Circle. Spoilt our enjoyment of a cracking good performance.

George Smith12th January

Both plays were exceptionally well acted and produced but Rattigan's writing seems a less than robust vehicle for the acting power and talent on display. So it had a kind connoisseur value as I knew neither play but not sure I would want to see them again.

Max Field12th January

Great mix of poignant and comedy. Enjoyed both plays very much. Can you get the programmes out to the cinemas for their shows?

Pamela Franklin11th January

Excellent play. Thoroughly enjoyable. Reasonably priced ticket- very unusual to get a deal.