Casting complete for Branagh black comedy, The Painkiller, at the Garrrick

The Painkiller

Ken Branagh’s new black comedy, The Painkiller, is to star Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen alongside Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon for the fifth Plays at the Garrick season this spring.

Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door…One of them is a killer… one of them wants to die… What could possibly go wrong?

Sean Foley directs his darkly hilarious adaptation of Francis Veberʼs classic French farce as Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon reprise the roles they played at the Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in this comic tour-de-force.

Sean Foley said: “The Painkiller proved to be a very funny evening in the theatre in its first incarnation at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

“I’m delighted to have the chance to further develop this comedy with the remarkable double act of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, who, together with the brilliant Mark Hadfield, were a joy to direct in the first production.

“I know that they are excited as I am to also be welcoming to our cast the extraordinary talents of Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser and Alex Macqueen, and we will all be working as hard as possible to bring this darkly hilarious farce to explosive life for London audiences.”

The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade / All On Her Own, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the inaugural seven-play season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

The Painkiller runs at London’s Garrick Theatre from March 5-April 30.

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