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Don Quixote

Following an acclaimed opening at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Angus Jackson’s riotous 2016 production of Don Quixote transfers to the West End. Playing a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre, the production sees the return of David Threlfall and Rufus Hound as the iconic duo, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Adapted for the stage by journalist, literary critic and poet James Fenton, the production is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel of the same name, which follows the adventurous title character as he embarks on his own quest of chivalry after reading countless books. Armed with a lance and a sword, he decides to become a wandering knight, rescuing the helpless and defeating the evil.

Unfortunately, Don Quixote is tremendously unprepared, and quickly loses his grip on reality. Accompanied by his loyal, but equally unprepared, companion Sancho Panza, the two set out on a hilarious, haphazard adventure in this farcical adaptation of a famous novel.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the production is once again directed by Angus Jackson, whose credits span numerous productions with the RSC. A hugely funny, lyrical and energetic take on a classic novel, Don Quixote plays at London’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season, running from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.

Cast and Creative

Don Quixote is adapted for the stage from Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel by poet James Fenton. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nica Burns, the production is directed by Angus Jackson (Coriolanus, Julius Caesar) and features original songs by Grant Olding. The production also features design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Fergus O’Hare, with comedy direction by Cal McCrystal, movement by Lucy Cullingford, puppetry design and direction by Toby Olie and fight direction by Malcolm Ransom.

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, respectively. Threlfall is best-known for his television roles in Channel 4’s Shameless, What Remains and Troy: Fall of a City, whilst Hound’s recent stage work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wind in the Willows and Present Laughter.

Show Lengths and Times

Don Quixote plays at the Garrick Theatre London from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019, with a press night on 8 November 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.

Show running time is 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval.

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Don Quixote is recommended for those aged 8 and up.

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Young Frankenstein

‘literally impossible to stop laughing’

‘an evening of gloriously impure fun’

‘so witty and inventive’

Mel Brooks’ quirky musical Young Frankenstein receives its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre, opening for a limited season beginning September 2017. Based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film co-written with Thomas Meehan and starring Gene Wilder, the brand new production follows a Broadway run that closed in 2009.

Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he quickly has some decisions to make.

Facing a scary dilemma, young Frankenstein must choose whether to run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or to continue to crazily experiment with reanimating the dead. And, in the process, will he fall in love with his sultry lab assistant, Inga?

Originally opening on Broadway in 2007, directed by Susan Stroman, Young Frankenstein received a variety of views, running for 484 performances. Stroman returns to direct a revamped, restyled production, reuniting with Mel Brooks and the creative team behind their last hit, The Producers.

A hilarious parody of cult horror films, Young Frankenstein continues to play to rave reviews at the Garrick Theatre.

Cast and Creative

Based on the 1974 film, Young Frankenstein features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, whose previous musicals include The Producers. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, Crazy for You) directs and choreographs, with set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, orchestrations by Dough Besterman, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Gareth Owen.

Casting has been announced, including Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, City of Angels) as Dr Frankenstein, Cory English as Igor, as well as Lesley Joseph as Frau Blucher, Diane Pilkington, Summer Strallen and Patrick Clancy.

Additional casting includes Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild and Josh Wilmott.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “The Happiest in Town” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “The Brain” – Frederick and Students
  • “Please Don’t Touch Me” – Elizabeth and Voyagers
  • “Together Again” – Frederick and Igor
  • “Roll in the Hay” – Frederick, Igor and Inga
  • “Join the Family Business” – Frederick, Victor and Ancestors
  • “He Vas My Boyfriend” – Frau Blucher
  • “Alone” – Elizabeth
  • “Life, Life” – Frederick, Igor, Inga and Blucher
  • “Welcome to Transylvania” – Transylvania Quartet
  • “Transylvania Mania” – Frederick, Igor, Inga, Kemp and Villagers

Act II

  • “He’s Loose” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “Listen to Your Heart” – Inga
  • “Surprise” – Elizabeth, Igor, Blucher and Entourage
  • “Please Send Me Someone” – The Hermit
  • “Man About Town” – Frederick
  • “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Frederick, The Monster, Igor, Inga and Ensemble
  • “Deep Love” – Elizabeth
  • “Frederick’s Soliloquy” – Frederick
  • “Deep Love (Reprise)” – The Monster
  • “Finale Ultimo” – The Company

Show Lengths and Times

Young Frankenstein opened at the Garrick Theatre London on October 10th 2017, with previews beginning September 28th 2017. The show closes in August 2018.

Show running time is 2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval.

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Young Frankenstein may not be suitable for young children. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket.

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain

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Horrible Histories returns to the West End, this time in a special production that celebrates even more of barmy Britain! Following the tremendous success of last year’s The Best of Barmy Britain at the Apollo Theatre, Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain plays a limited summer season at the Garrick Theatre, with previews beginning August 4th 2017.

We all want to meet people from history. Unfortunately, the people that we want to meet are very much dead! But never fear, Horrible Histories are here to ensure that you get to meet every single one of your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!

Discover why the Romans revolted! Would you be able to survive the vicious Vikings? Can the evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you perchance party with the Puritans? Meet King Charles, the dastardly Dick Turpin, the vile Victorians and a very wordy William Shakespeare, and prepare to embark on a battle in the frightful First World War!

Birmingham Stage Company adapt Terry Deary’s beloved book series into a glorious stage adaptation, dubbed as “history with the nasty bits left in!” Celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, More Best of Barmy Britain marks twelve years of Horrible Histories Live on Stage, and six successful years in the West End.

Cast and Creative

Horrible-Histories_satelliteCreated by Terry Deary, Horrible Histories is one of Britain’s best-selling series. Birmingham Stage Company present a whole new production, featuring Neal Foster.

Previous Birmingham Stage Company productions include Barmy Britain I, II & III as well as last year’s The Best of Barmy Britain. Their production of Gangsta Granny will run simultaneously at the Garrick Theatre.

Show Lengths and Times

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Garrick Theatre London on August 4th to September 2nd 2017, with an official opening performance on August 7th 2017. Performances are at 2pm and 4pm on Monday, 11:30am on Wednesday-Friday, 10am and 12pm on Saturday-Sunday.

Show running time is 1 hour 10 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain is recommended for anyone between 5 and 105!

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Tape Face

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‘as flawless as it is funny’

‘equally bizarre and brilliant’

‘will take your breath away’

After a hugely successful year in 2016, including a debut performance in Las Vegas, reaching the final of America’s Got Talent and embarking on a sold-out 52 date UK tour, quirky comic Tape Face lands in the West End for a seven-week summer season. Opening at London’s Garrick Theatre on June 6th 2017, his unique style of humour must be seen to be believed!

A multi-award winning, multi-hyphenate spectacle, Tape Face is the creation of Sam Wills and has been lauded by audiences and critics alike. Conjuring uproarious laughter by using the most simple of everyday objects and popular songs, Tape Face brings out the inner child through clever and charming humour. Combining every trick in the book from mime and magic to silent film, Tape Face is the enthralling sensation who was likened to a modern-day Charlie Chaplin by Simon Cowell.

Previously known as The Boy with Tape on His Face, Tape Face has already starred on the John Bishop Show and in the Royal Variety Performance, wowing audiences with visually stunning, heart-stopping comedy that will leave you completely lost for words. With his UK tour already sold out, make sure you don’t miss the chance to see Tape Face at the Garrick Theatre, running from June 6th to July 22nd 2017.

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Tape Face is presented by Kilimanjaro Live, in association with Lee Martin for Gag Reflex and is a creation by Sam Wills, formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face.

Show Lengths and Times

Tape Face opens at the Garrick Theatre London on June 6th 2017 and is set to run until July 23rd 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm Wednesday to Sunday, with an additional 3pm performance on Saturday and Sunday.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Tape Face is suitable for those aged 12 and up. Please note that children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.

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Gangsta Granny

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‘a stage full of hidden worlds and secrets’

‘all fun and entertaining’

‘a gentle, genial show’

Neal Foster’s adaptation of David Walliams’ popular children’s book Gangsta Granny transfers to London’s West End for a limited summer season in 2017. Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the stage version of the terrific tale was recently nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.

Gangsta Granny follows Ben, a young boy who is once again staying with his granny on a boring Friday night. Ben expects the same old grizzly cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – but what he doesn’t realise is that this groovy Granny has her very own secret! Soon, Fridays become more exciting than he could ever image, as he embarks on night-time adventures with his very own Gangsta Granny!

Presented by Birmingham Stage Company, the adaptation by Neal Foster comes from the company at the helm of the ever-popular Horrible Histories Barmy Britain series, which recently played a season at the Garrick Theatre. The West End debut of Walliams’ story premieres at the Garrick Theatre on July 26th, with an official press night on August 1st. Gangsta Granny is set to run until September 3rd 2017.

Cast and Creative

gangsta-granny_prod-shotAward-winning comedian, author, actor and presenter David Walliams’ beloved kids’ book Gangsta Granny is his most successful work to date, with other titles including Demon Dentist, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and The Boy in the Dress, which was adapted into a BBC drama. Adapted by Neal Foster, who is at the head of the West End favourite Horrible Histories series, Gangsta Granny is a Birmingham Stage Company production. The show features design by Jackie Trousdale, lighting design by Jason Taylor and sound design by Nick Sagar, with compositions by Jak Poore and choreography by Paul Chantry and Rae Piper of Chantry Dance Company.

Gangsta Granny features a cast including Gilly Tompkins as Granny, Ashley Cousins as Ben, Louise Bailey as Mum/Queen, Ben Martin as Dad, Umar Malik as Raj, Alison Fitzjohn as Matron and Richard James as Doctor.

Show Lengths and Times

Gangsta Granny opens at the Garrick Theatre London on August 1st 2017, with previews beginning July 26th. The show is set to run until September 3rd 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

Gangsta Granny is suitable for those aged 5 and up. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket.

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Potted Panto

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CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff bring yet another spectacularly silly potted production to the West End’s Garrick Theatre, for a fantastically festive season. Opening December 10th, Potted Panto sees the madcap pair cram seven of Britain’s best pantomimes into an absurd 80 minutes! Following the huge success of their previous productions, which have included Potted Pirates and Potted Sherlock, their latest offering is guaranteed to get you grinning.

Potted Panto sees Dan and Jeff recreate some Christmas favourites, including a 3D Cinderella starring the world’s first ever Fairy Godchicken, Dick Whittington and Jeff the London Mayor, Aladdin, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Watch as Dan and Jeff clash over who will make the prettiest princess, and giggle as they soon realise that they cannot possibly play all seven dwarves!

Directed by Richard Hurst, who was at the helm of the Off-Broadway Potted Potter, Potted Panto is the latest in the hit series. Both Potted Potter and Potted Pirates received Olivier Award-nominations, simply proving their smash-hit success! After several UK tours, the hugely funny show lands in London for a festive season.

For those who just cannot decide which pantomime to see… Why not see them all?

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Richard Hurst (Potted Potter) directs Potted Panto, with design by Simon Scullion, lighting design by Tim Mascall and sound design by Tom Lishman.

CBBC double-act Dan and Jeff star as a myriad of roles! Best-known for presenting on CBBC, the pair have created previous successes including Potted Potter, Potted Pirates and Potted Sherlock. Daniel Clarkson has appeared in television shows including Where the Heart Is, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and has also starred in Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Little Shop of Horrors. Jefferson Turner has featured on Blue Peter, Richard & Judy and Big Brother’s Little Brother.

Show Lengths and Times

Potted Panto opens at the Garrick Theatre London on December 10th for a seasonal run that plays until January 15th 2017. Performances are at 1pm and 4pm every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with an additional performance at 11am on Saturday.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 10 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

Potted Panto is suitable for those aged 6 and up. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket. Please note that the theatre does not supply booster cushions.

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The Miser

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‘Jones is actually rather a good Harpagon’

‘his production is fresh, funny and farcical’

‘this romp of an evening calls for a spirit of generosity’

Sean Foley (The Painkiller) directs Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack in an adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy The Miser at London’s Garrick Theatre. Adapted by Foley and Phil Porter, The Miser is the rip-roaring comedy from one of France’s greatest dramatists. A major revival that is sure to rock the West End, The Miser begins previews on March 1st, with an official opening on March 13th 2017.

First performed in 1668, The Miser is the well-known comedy by French playwright Molière, who also penned classics such as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope. The Miser follows the paranoid Harpagon, who is extremely fanatical about protecting his abundant wealth. Suspecting everyone as trying to steal his fortune, Harpagon will quite literally go to any length to protect his pennies.

Setting his sights on rich spouses for his children, he struggles when their true feelings about his skinflint nature are revealed. But what will prevail? Will it be the love for his money or for his children? Passions and purse-strings go head to head in this perfectly poignant comedy, starring Griff Rhys Jones as Harpagon.

The Miser played limited seasons at the Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre prior to its West End run at the Garrick Theatre. Following from political drama This House, The Miser will be a welcome comic turn, due to run from March 1st to June 10th 2017.

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The Miser is adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter, with direction from Sean Foley. His most recent production was the critically-acclaimed The Painkiller, starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, as part of the Branagh Season at the Garrick. Foley’s credits include multiple smash-hit West End comedies such as The Ladykillers, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, What the Butler Saw, I Can’t Sing and his Olivier Award-winning The Play What I Wrote. The Miser is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein Ltd.

Olivier Award-winning actor Griff Rhys Jones stars as Harpagon, in his first return to a London stage for five years. Rhys Jones’ most recent stage appearance was as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver!, with his extensive stage and screen credits including An Absolute Turkey, Porterhouse Blue, Mine All Mine and ITV’s It’ll Be Alright on the Night. Further cast members include BAFTA-winning comedian Lee Mack, who is best-known for his stand-up routines across the country, as well as starring on his own popular sitcom Not Going Out. Lee Mack makes his West End debut in The Miser after featuring on panel shows such as Would I Lie to You and Have I Got News For You, and is joined by Mathew Horne, who is best known for his television roles in Gavin & Stacey and Bad Education.

Further casting includes Saikat Ahamed, Ryan Gage, Simon Holmes, Andi Osho, Michael Webber, Ellie White and Katy Wix.

Show Lengths and Times

The Miser opens for previews at the Garrick Theatre London on March 1st 2017, with an official opening on March 13th, and will play a limited season until June 3rd 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

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The Miser may not be suitable for young children. Please note that this venue does not supply booster cushions for children.

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This House

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‘a thrilling play that both relives history and transcends it’

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‘the show is so lucid, fascinating and well-staged’

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‘a treat and a triumph, this is a superlative night out’

Headlong associate Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) directs the long awaited West End transfer of political play This House. Following the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season, James Graham’s 2012 play is set to be the Garrick Theatre’s next instalment, opening for previews on November 19th 2016.

This House previously played two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, first opening at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. This House received unprecedented critical praise and was transferred to the Olivier Theatre for a longer run until May 2013. Now, the Westminster drama embarks on a run at Chichester Festival Theatre before heading into London’s West End.

Set between the fateful years of 1974 and 1979, which saw huge economic crisis and a hung parliament, This House takes place in the engine rooms of Westminster, where fist fights took place and votes were lost or won by one. Following turbulent times as Labour faced a vote of no confidence in James Callaghan’s government, Graham’s play delves behind the scenes of Parliament, studying the archaic traditions of previous politics. At a time when the country is beginning to question the current political system, This House strikes a relevant chord.

Don’t miss out on this pertinent play, which is marching into the West End after years of anticipating rumours. This House is set to open at London’s Garrick Theatre for a limited run beginning on November 19th 2016.

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This House is directed by Jeremy Herrin, who has had recent astounding success with People, Places and Things. An associate of Headlong, Herrin has also directed The Nether, Absent Friends and Another Country. With a penchant for political drama, writer James Graham’s recent works include The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Channel 4’s Coalition. His play Privacy is set to open in New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Creative team includes the show’s original designer Rae Smith and features sound design by Ian Dickinson, lighting design by Paule Constable and movement by Scott Ambler.

Casting includes Phil Daniels (Les Miserables, EastEnders)Nathaniel Parker (Wolf Hall)Steffan Rhodri (The Mentalists, Harry Potter)Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Michael Cocks, Malcolm Sinclair as Humphrey Atkins, Sarah Woodward as Lady Batley, David Hounslow as Joe Harper, Ed Hughes as Fred Silvester and Lauren O’Neil (Silent Witness, Midsomer Murders) as Ann Taylor. Further cast members include Christopher Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner, Giles Taylor and Orlando Wells.

Show Lengths and Times

This House opens at the Garrick Theatre London on November 19th until February 25th 2017, with an official press night on November 30th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

This House is recommended for ages 14 and up.

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Red Velvet

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Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi award-winning play Red Velvet is the third production to feature as part of the Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick Theatre. Originally premiering at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse, Red Velvet has received wide acclaim.

In 1833 at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, the greatest actor of the generation, Edmund Kean, collapses on stage during a performance of Othello. Young African American actor Ira Aldridge is drafted in as a replacement, but on the streets the public are rioting about the abolition of slavery. How will the cast, critics and audience react when a whole new kind of revolution is taking place in the theatre?

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Adrian Lester reprises his role as Ira Aldridge. Graduating from RADA, Lester is well-known for his performance in the hit TV series Hustle, as well as featuring in the James Bond film The Day After Tomorrow and has worked extensively in the theatre, his credits including Othello, Henry V and Hamlet. He has been nominated for Best Actor twice for his performance in Red Velvet, once in 2012 at the Whatsonstage Awards and in 2013 at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Additional cast members include Ayesha Antoine as Connie, Simon Chandler as Bernard Warde/Terence, Alexander Cobb as Henry Forrester/Casimir, Mark Edel-Hunt as Charles Kean, Emun Elliot as Pierre Laporte, Charlotte Lucas as Ellen Tree, Caroline Martin as Halina Wozniak/Margaret Aldridge and Amy Morgan as Betty Lovell.

Branagh said “Writing, direction and performance are exceptional in Red Velvet. I’m immensely proud to be presenting this work. I was aware of its development from its inception and believe Chakrabarti has written an important and exhilarating play which in its discussion of performance, politics, and race is as entertaining as it is illuminating.”

Red Velvet will open January 23rd and is booking until February 27th 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.

The Entertainer

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‘a performance that is never less than thoroughly arresting’

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‘hauntingly beautiful, atmospheric production’

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‘one of the most iconic roles in post-war theatre’

John Osborne’s modern classic The Entertainer will be the fifth and final production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre. Directed by Rob Ashford, designed by Christopher Oram and starring Kenneth Branagh, the production will open in August 2016.

Set in post-war Britain within the faded glamour of music halls, The Entertainer follows the story of Archie Rice, in an examination of public façade and private torment. Considered to be a hugely important play of the twentieth century, Osborne’s tale is both dark comedy and kitchen-sink realism, depicting Archie’s drained domestic life. A middle-aged man with a daughter and second wife, Archie is a cold, bitter and tired vaudeville performer, whose downfall has reduced him to playing in a dilapidated seaside music hall. The Entertainer is considered as a social commentary, used to remark on the decline of the British Empire and the troubles in the Middle East, all of which remain relevant today.

Osborne originally wrote the part of Archie for Laurence Olivier, with The Entertainer first premiering at the Royal Court in 1957. Since then, the third-rate comedy performer has been played by a long list of theatrical greats, including Max Wall, Peter Bowles, Corin Redgrave and most recently Robert Lindsay in the 2007 Old Vic revival.

The Entertainer is sure to be the grand finale of Branagh’s season at the Garrick Theatre, and will play a limited season from August 20th 2016 to November 12th 2016.

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The Entertainer is directed by Rob Ashford, with design by Christopher Oram.the-entertainer-satellite

Kenneth Branagh plays the iconic role of Archie Rice, following in the footsteps of legendary actor Laurence Olivier. Branagh has extensive stage and screen credits, most recently appearing in his own productions of The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade and The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre London. Gawn Grainger replaces John Hurt as Billy Rice, Archie’s father. Grainger has an illustrious stage career, including countless appearances at the National Theatre, Almeida, Globe and Donmar Warehouse. Most recently he appeared in the acclaimed Three Days in the Country.

Additional cast members include Jonah Hauer-King as Frank Rice, Sophie McShera (Jerusalem, Downton Abbey) as Jean Rice and Greata Scacchi as Phoebe Rice.

Show Lengths and Times

The Entertainer opens at the Garrick Theatre London on August 20th and is set to run until November 12th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with an additional matinee on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

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The Entertainer may not be suited to young children. Please note that the Garrick Theatre does not supply booster cushions.

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