Kenneth Branagh stars as Archie Rice in The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre
Kenneth Branagh is a British actor, director, producer and screenwriter. In 2015 he formed The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to create a season of plays at the Garrick Theatre in which he would act and direct. The season includes The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade /All On Her Own, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer.
Branagh, who was recently appointed President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art succeeding Richard Attenborough, graduated from RADA alongside other notable actors including Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Bruce Payne and Fiona Shaw and was considered part of a new breed of actors. He came to prominence in the 80’s with the success of his Renaissance Theatre Company’s collaboration with Birmingham Rep, touring a season of Shakespeare plays.
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.
Branagh’s film credits include: Henry V, Dead Again, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Othello, Hamlet, The Gingerbread Man, Theory of Flight, Celebrity, Wild Wild West, El Dorado, Love’s Labour’s Lost, How to Kill Your Neighbour’s Dog, Rabbit Proof Fence, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As You Like It, The Magic Flute, Sleuth, Valkyrie, The Boat that Rocked, Thor, My Week with Marilyn, Jack Ryan, and Cinderella for Disney.
Branagh holds five career Academy Award® nominations (Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Screenplay, and Short), alongside Roberto Benigni, he is one of only two non-American actors to be nominated for Oscars for acting, writing, and directing, and one of eight actors to have achieved this honour. The other six are Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, John Huston and John Cassavetes. He has been nominated for five Golden Globes and has won an Emmy and three BAFTAs.
Branagh’s television credits include: The Billy Plays, The Boy in the Bush, Fortunes of War, Shadow of a Gunman, Conspiracy, Shackleton, Warm Springs, 10 Days to War, and Wallander. His writing credits include two plays, Tell Me Honestly and Public Enemy; his autobiography, Beginning; and a number of screen adaptations: Shakespeare’s Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, In The Bleak Midwinter and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
The Entertainer runs from 20 August 2016 until 12 November 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.
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, with John Hurt as Billy Rice.