Branagh announces cast for Winter’s Tale & Harlequinade

Kenneth Branagh. Image Johan Persson
Kenneth Branagh. Image Johan Persson

Casting for the Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s opening season has been announced.

Judi Dench and Branagh will be joined by Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Hadley Fraser, Michael Pennington, Zoe Rainey, Miranda Raison, John Shrapnel, Kathryn Wilder and Jimmy Yuill for the productions at London’s Garrick Theatre.

The two productions will play in repertory from October 17 until January 16.

Kenneth Branagh said: “This is a formidable group of actors – they combine fantastic experience in Shakespeare and comedy, with a youthful energy and brilliance that I’m excited to welcome to our season.”

The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the inaugural season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

The Company is staging Plays at the Garrick, a series of plays that bring together an exciting group of actors led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden.

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