"Branagh triumphs in style"
-The Daily Telegraph-

"Full of dandyish confidence"
-The Evening Standard-

"Acting tour de force"
-Time Out-

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About the show

As part of the season of plays by Kenneth Branagh’s newly formed company, the man himself will star in a revival of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer.

John Osbourne’s The Entertainer was first produced in 1957 starring Lawrence Olivier (who also starred in the 1960 film adaptation) and tells the story of Archie Rice a failing music hall performer. The play jumps between scenes of the Rice family at home and Archie Rice performing on stage at the music hall.

John Osborne’s 1956  debut play Look Back In Anger and its story of an angry young man cemented his position as a great writer and transformed English theatre.

The Entertainer was last seen on the London stage at the Old Vic back in 2007 starring Robert Lindsay as Archie Rice.

Award winning actor Kenneth Branagh is best known for starring in his many film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays which he also adapted and directed. Other notable film work includes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, My Week with Marilyn and appearing as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In recent years he has been seen starring in the English version of television crime drama Wallander. Branagh was last seen on the London stage before this most recent run back in 2008 in a production of Chekhov’s Ivanov directed by Michael Grandage.

John Hurt, who was previously intended to be in the cast as Archie's father, Billy Rice, has sadly had to withdraw on advice of his doctor. He has now be replaced by Gawn Grainger, whose recent works include The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth and The Recruiting Officer.

This production is directed by Rob Ashford. Other plays in the season include Harlequinade, The Painkiller and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and The Winters Tale. 

The Entertainer began previews at the Garrick Theatre on 20th of August 2016, with an opening night on 30th August and is set to play until the 12th of November.

Who Should See It?

This will be a rare opportunity to see one of the countries finest actors in what is sure to be an unmissable production.

Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

20th Aug 2016

22nd Jan 2021

12th Nov 2016

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)


May not be suitable for very young children