Paapa Essiedu and Lennie James deliver stunning performances in a cracking production of Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Old Vic Theatre.
Following news that the National Theatre has launched its much anticipated streaming service National Theatre At Home, John Chapman goes back to 2009 and NT Live’s very first live streamed production on cinema screens, Helen Mirren in Phèdre.
All gathered in one place: the reviews, interviews, features and buzz from Saturday’s theatrical marathon opening of the first offerings in Kenneth Branagh’s year-long Plays at the Garrick season.
Kenneth Branagh’s Garrick year as actor-manager opens in unquestionable triumph. One of Shakespeare’s greatest, most redemptive plays is richly served without flaw or gimmick, traditional in this l 1889 theatre but fresh, clear, heartfelt. The court of the jealous Leontes profits from being set not in antiquity but in a late Victorian – perhaps Tsarist – red-velvet palace in a Christmas season: under the tree a cosy opening vignette of the child Mamillius at old Paulina’s knee, begging “a sad tale’s best for winter”. His mother, prefiguring her statue moment, stands pensive aside, a column of white.
The first publicity images featuring the company of Harlequinadeand All On Her Own are released today. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s never-before-seen Rattigan double bill will play in repertory alongside The Winter’s Tale from 17 October 2015 as part of the Plays at the Garrick season.
Taking issue with contrary opinions on Twitter, an audience member taking photos at the Union, and visiting Southampton and Bath — and of course seeing Cumberbatch’s Hamlet.
Further casting for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season has been announced. John Dagleish and Zoë Wanamaker are to appear in Terence Rattigan’s Harlequinade, with John also joining the company of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The two productions will play in repertory at the Garrick theatre from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.