Harlequinade / All On her Own at the Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Starring Kenneth Branagh and Zoe Wanamaker, Harlequinade and All On Her Own is part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of Plays at the Garrick theatre.

Kenneth Branagh and Zoe Wanamaker star in Terrence Rattigan’s 1948 farce Harlequinade. Rarely performed, this hilarious piece will run in rep alongside The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick theatre from 24 October 2015.

In addition, prior to each performance of Harlequinade, Zoe Wanamaker will 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, 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.

STORY

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 accidentally revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences.

Behind the scenes world takes centre stage in Terence Rattigan’s affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play.

CAST

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).

Kenneth Branagh is an award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Branagh’s stage acting credits include Another Country, Henry V, Golden Girls, three productions of Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (also directed), Public Enemy, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Look Back in Anger, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also directed), King Lear (also directed), Coriolanus, Richard III, Edmond, Ivanov, The Painkiller and Macbeth (also co-directed). The plays he has directed also include John Sessions’ The Life of Napoleon and Napoleon, The American Story, Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, The Play What I Wrote, and Ducktastic.

Zoë Wanamaker, CBE, was most recently seen on the London stage in Stevie at the Hampstead Theatre. The recipient of two Olivier Awards for Best Actress, Zoë has previously starred in the National Theatre productions of The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing and The Rose Tattoo, and in the West End, Passion Play and All My Sons. Zoë received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Piaf, Loot, Electra, and Awake and Sing on Broadway. Television credits include My Family, Poirot, Doctor Who, and Mr. Selfridge, as well as film roles in Harry Potter, My Week with Marilyn and Wilde.

Tom Bateman’s theatre credits include Shakespeare In Love (The Noel Coward Theatre), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre), Duchess Of Malfi (Old Vic), The Lion In Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre). Tom’s television credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Honourable Woman, The Tunnel, Da Vinci’s Demons, Parade’s End, Spooks and Helicopter Missions. Tom’s film credits include The Creditors.

Jessie Buckley first came to prominence in Andrew Lloyd Webber and the BBC’s Production of I’d Do Anything, since then her theatre credits include The Tempest (The Globe) Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), Henry V (Michael Grandage Theatre Company – Noel Coward Theatre, London), The Tempest (The Globe) and A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/The Garrick Theatre, London). Jessie’s film credits include Pulsar, Crosswinds and Join My Band. Jessie’s television credits include War and Peace, Endeavour, and This September.

Hadley Fraser’s theatre credits include The Vote, City of Angels, Coriolanus, The Machine (all Donmar Warehouse), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre),The Pirate Queen (Hilton Theatre, Broadway), My Fair Lady (Bronowski Productions), Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket), Assassins (Crucible Theatre), Longitude (Greenwich Theatre), Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Putting It Together (Harrogate Theatre). His film credits include Les Miserables, Shackled, Convincing Clooney and The Lost Tribe. His television credits include Holby City, Sons of Liberty, Pompidou, Fresh Beat Band, Doctor Who and Missing Moscow.

Michael Pennington is an actor, director and writer. His extensive body of work includes King Lear, Hamlet, Coriolanus, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, The Entertainer, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Shadow of a Gunman, The Way of the World, Playing with Trains, Venus and Adonis, The Misanthrope, Antony and Cleopatra, The Syndicate, The Master Builder , The Seagull, The Provok’d Wife, and Venice Preserv’d, His television credits include The Escape Artist, Title role in Oedipus the King, Danton’s Death, Miss Nightingale, Trial and Retribution, State of Play, Kavanagh QC, Waking the Dead, Doctor Terrible’s House of Horrible, Cracker, Between the Lines and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. In addition his film credits include Churchill at War, Return of the Jedi and The Iron Lady.

Miranda Raison’s theatre credits include Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead) Strangers On A Train (The Gielgud), The River (Royal Court Theatre), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), 66 Books: A Response To Daniel (The Bush Theatre), Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pains Of Youth and Ben Hur (Battersea Arts Centre), Don’t Just Lie There Say Something (The Mill, Sonning), The Rivals (Salisbury Playhouse), Othello (York Theatre Royal) and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Chichester Festival Theatre).

CREATIVE TEAM

Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford to co-direct with set and costume by Christopher Oram.

REVIEWS

★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ Time Out