About the showKenneth Branagh takes to the stage to star alongside Zoë Wanamaker in Rattigan’s rarely performed gem Harlequinade as part of his newly formed company's residency at the Garrick Theatre.
This satirical farce concerns a professional theatre company who are performing Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale. The play is set on their opening night in the town of Brackley in the Midlands.
Fittingly Branagh’s season of plays includes both The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet along with The Painkiller and The Entertainer.
Married couple Arthur and Edna are gearing up to play Romeo and Juliet for the umpteenth time when Arthur is confronted by his grown up daughter and granddaughter, neither of whom he knew existed. The news of finding out he’s a grandfather just before he’s supposed to play the young romantic lead is too much for him. This added together with the stress of the stage manager wanting to leave to pursue a real career ensures the production descends into chaos. The personal lives of the company members become accidentally revealed in this hilarious celebration of the ridiculous nature of theatre.
As well as starring in Harlequinade, Zoë Wanamaker will also perform Rattigan’s powerfully atmospheric one-woman play, All On Her Own, before each performance making this a never-before seen double bill that showcases Rattigan's range as a writer.
This production will also star Lark Rise to Candleford's John Dagleish who has recently been seen wowing audiences in West End hit Sunny Afternoon the Kinks musical.
Terence Rattigan’s plays have enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in recent years with productions of classics such as The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version and Flare Path enjoying great success.
Kenneth Branagh has formed the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and will present a season of five plays at The Garrick Theatre along with artistic associates director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram. Rob Ashford and Branagh will co direct this production.
Harlequinade will play at the Garrick Theatre from the 24th of October 2015 until the 13th of January 2016.
Who Should See It?It is a real treat to see this rarely performed Rattigan play in what is sure to be a definitive production. Fans of Noises Off will love the on stage/off stage antics of this farce.
Charing Cross Road
24th Oct 2015
22nd Jan 2021
13th Jan 2016
Will be confirmed when show opens