Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale tickets at the Garrick Theatre, London

Garrick Theatre, London
Booking to 16 January 2016
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Starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, The Winter’s Tale is part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of Plays at the Garrick theatre.

Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.  Judi Dench will play Paulina, Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes.

The Winter’s Tale will form part of Kenneth Branagh’s Season of Plays at the Garrick Theatre and runs from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016


Leontes has everything a man could want: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But jealousy causes him tear his happy family apart, leading to years of guilt. Finally he pays his debts and can be reconciled with his loving wife, Hermione.

The Winter’s Tale consists of five acts: The first three acts consist of psychological drama where Shakespeare demands we endure the savage madness of Leontes and the deaths of innocent people;  the final two acts are full of amusement and laughter which leads to a happy and joyous ending.


The cast includes Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, Kenneth Branagh as Leontes, Tom Bateman as Florizel, Jessie Buckley as Perdita, Jack Colgrave Hirst as The Clown, Hadley Fraser as Polixenes, Michael Pennington as Antigonus, Miranda Raison as Hermione, John Shrapnel as Camillo, Kathryn Wilder as Mopsa, John Dagleish as Autolycus and Jimmy Yuil as Shepherd.

The full cast includes Pierre Atri, Jaygann Ayeh, Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Vera Chok, Jack Colgrave Hirst, John Dagleish, Judi Dench, Hadley Fraser, Adam Garcia, Rudi Goodman, Matthew Hawksley, Taylor James, Pip Jordan, Ansu Kabia, Stuart Neal, Michael Pennington, Zoë Rainey, Miranda Raison, Michael Rouse, John Shrapnel, Kathryn Wilder and Jimmy Yuill.


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


★★★★★ “Brilliant” The Telegraph
★★★★ “In a production unafraid to hint at the darker elements of Shakespeare’s fable, Branagh and Dench are surrounded by a first-rate team” The Guardian
★★★★“elegant” The Evening Standard
★★★★“splendid, starry and sincere” The Stage
“Dench is effortless to watch” The Times

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 16 January 2016
Running time
To be confirmed

Venue Information

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line), Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30

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Kenneth Branagh named new President of RADA
Kenneth Branagh has been appointed President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art succeeding Richard Attenborough, who died last year. Branagh, a RADA alumni said “It’s such a privilege to be asked to take up the role of RADA president. I am delighted to see – and now help – RADA continue to nurture and support generations of acting and technical talent. To be able to give back to the school which provided me with so much is a wonderful honour." He added: "I look forward to seeing what lies ahead, including achieving the redevelopment plans for our studios building, conceived by my predecessor Richard Attenborough, which will provide a professional theatre space and most importantly some much needed student accommodation.” RADA director Edward Kemp said that Branagh would help the drama school deliver plans to make its training more accessible adding that "The diversity of Ken’s career, not only as an actor, but as director, producer and beyond are an inspiration to us all, staff and students alike." With this appointment and his forthcoming year-long residency at the Garrick Theatre, Kenneth Branagh cements his position as a leading force in British Theatre.  Kenneth Branagh’s theatre company takes up residence at the Garrick Theatre to stage Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet, a Terrence Rattigan double bill Harlequinade and All On Her Own, The Painkilller and The Entertainer. BOOKING Book tickets to The Winter’s Tale Book tickets to Harlequinade / All On Her Own Book tickets to Romeo and Juliet Book tickets to The Painkilller Book tickets to The Entertainer
Kenneth Branagh’s new season – Romeo & Juliet & The Entertainer
Kenneth Branagh's programme at the Garrick Theatre complete with Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer. Programming for Richard Branagh’s new season at the Garrick Theatre is now complete with the announcement of Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer alongside the already announced The Winter’s Tale. Kenneth Branagh will direct Richard Madden and Lily James as the star crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet and take the title role in The Entertainer under the direction of Rob Ashford. Branagh recently directed Madden and James in the new live-action Disney blockbuster Cinderella which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday. Lily James is known to audiences as the lovely Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and is also the star of an epic new War And Peace for BBC TV. Richard Madden recently played Rob Stark in Game of Thrones and is in the new film Bastille Day alongside Idris Elba. The Entertainer, John Osborne’s post-war drama, is a devastating portrait of fictional vaudeville hoofer Archie Rice, middle-aged and angry, whose downfall has reduced him to playing in a seedy seaside revue in a crumbling music hall. Osborne used the travails of Archie Rice and his family as a way of commentating on the decline of the British Empire and the troubles in the middle east - issues which just as relevant today. The role of Archie was created for Laurence Olivier by Osborne, at Olivier's request and premiered at the Royal Court in 1957, since then Revivals have starred Max Wall, Peter Bowles, Corin Redgrave and most recently Robert Lindsay at the Old Vic (2007). Full casting details and dates have yet to be confirmed. BOOK Book tickets to The Winter's Tale Book tickets to Red Velvet Book tickets to Harlequinade / All On Her Own Book tickets to The Painkiller Book tickets to Romeo & Juliet Book tickets to The Entertainer
Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick
Award winning actor and director Kenneth Branagh to stage a season of plays at the Garrick theatre. In the tradition of theatrical actor-managers Kenneth Branagh is reportedly to stage a season of plays at the Garrick theatre. Whilst the full programme is still being finalised, it is expected to include Shakespeare’s tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale, well-liked by directors and audiences, a new play and another classic. The season which is expected to run for 3 months from October, will see Branagh direct some productions and appear in others. Fiery Angel theatre producers will general manage with top casting director Lucy Bevan casting productions. Kenneth Branagh, last seen on the West End stage in Michael Grandage’s Ivanov in 2008, follows Grandage and Jamie Lloyd in staging a season of plays. There is also the possibility of Branagh bringing his successful Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth to the Alexandra Palace in North London. Branagh will form a new theatre company, 23 years after he and partner David Parfitt disbanded the Renaissance Theatre Company, a company, which with help from Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Richard Briers, Geraldine McEwan, Samantha Bond and former wife Emma Thompson, had great success with stagings of Romeo and Juliet, Public Enemy, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, As you like it, Hamlet, Look Back in Anger,Uncle Vanya and Coriolanus. Book tickets to Kenneth Branagh's season of plays at the Garrick theatre Book tickets to The Winter's Tale Book tickets to Red Velvet Book tickets to Harlequinade Book tickets to The Painkiller Book tickets to Romeo & Juliet Book tickets to The Entertainer

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7 thoughts on “Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale tickets at the Garrick Theatre, London”

  1. Enquiry saw Judi Dench on This Morning she spoke about her show with two family members on June 22nd 2021 can I get tickets please? Thank you.


    Wonderful – held me throughout. Also loved the music – so would you let me know what the music was please – in the opening of the play.
    Jan Tubbs

  3. nancy BrownName (required)

    Just thought I would ask if it is possible to watch a dress rehearsal.
    We are coming from Canada to London but we leave to come home on October 17
    Thought it was worth a try.
    We love Judy Dench
    Thank you

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