John Hurt and Greta Scacchi join Kenneth Branagh in the forthcoming production of The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre.
Hurt returns to the London stage for the first time in a decade as patriarch Billy Rice. He said “I am thrilled to be invited to play Billy Rice in this production of what I believe to be one of the great plays of the twentieth century.” He went on to say “this has been a wonderfully successful season for Ken Branagh and his company, and I feel proud and privileged to be joining them.”
Scacchi who will play Phoebe Rice said “I am thrilled to be working opposite Ken at last! I have known him since the start of our careers 30-something years ago and, although we played husband and wife in a radio play 5 years ago, this will be the first time we are on stage together.”
Also joining the company will be Jonah Hauer-King who makes his West End debut as Frank Rice and Downton Abbey’s Sophie McShera as Jean Rice. Greta Scacchi will play Phoebe Rice with Branagh playing Archie Rice.
Directed by Rob Ashford, The Entertainer will the final production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season.
The Entertainer runs from 20 August 2016 until 12 November 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.