John Dagleish, who won an Olivier Award this year for his portrayal of Ray Davies in the hit musical Sunny Afternoon, will join the cast of Harlequinade and The Winter’s Tale. Kenneth Branagh said: “John Dagleish’s brilliant musicality was sensational in Sunny Afternoon. I’m very excited to hear what he and our superb composer Patrick Doyle, bring to the music of Shakespeare’s great con man, Autolycus, in The Winter’s Tale.” Ray was last on stage in Out of Joint’s The Mother and his notable film appearances include The Monuments Men, Snow in Paradise and Age of Heroes.
John joins other cast members Zoё Wanamaker, Pierre Atri, Jaygann Ayeh, Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Vera Chok, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Judi Dench, Hadley Fraser, Rudi Goodman, Matthew Hawksley, Pip Jordan, Ansu Kabia, Stuart Neal, Michael Pennington, Zoё Rainey, Miranda Raison, John Shrapnel, Kathryn Wilder and Jimmy Yuill.
Harlequinade will play in repertory with The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick theatre from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.