Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Further to last week’s announcement that Freddie Fox would be sharing the role of Romeo, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today (3 August 2016) sadly announced that due to medical advice, Richard Madden will not be returning to the company of Romeo and Juliet before the production completes its run on 13 August.
The theatrical axis usually tilts north towards Edinburgh in August, but this year there’s still plenty happening in London as summer heads to a conclusion. Here are a few of the most notable London openings this month that you should keep an eye out for…
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today announced that Freddie Fox will be joining the company of Romeo and Juliet, sharing the role of Romeo with Richard Madden. This is to allow Richard Madden sufficient time for his injured ankle to continue to heal and because his doctors have prescribed rest between performances.
Gawn Grainger has joined the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of The Entertainer, which began rehearsals this week. Gawn is playing Billy Rice and replaces John Hurt who, on the advice of his doctors, recently had to withdraw from the production.
It is announced today that on the advice of his doctors, John Hurt has had to withdraw from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer, the final production in the year-long Branagh Theatre season, which runs at the West End’s Garrick Theatre 20 August to 12 November 2016.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded West End Romeo and Juliet, plus Blue/Orange revived at the Young Vic and the UK premiere of The Flick at the National.
Starring Lily James and Richard Madden, Romeo & Juliet is the latest in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre’s season of work at the Garrick Theatre. It runs until 13 August 2016. But does it wow the critics?
Kenneth Branagh’s entire season has been built on one universal truth. From star to stage-sweeper, pack the production with the best talent and glorious things will inevitably follow. Why then, has that same formula now stumbled? I couldn’t have been more predisposed to liking this production, the cast or its director. But Branagh’s sweatily Italian and disastrously unfunny production is such a disappointment.
Game of Thrones celebrity casting can’t save a misconceived, vulgarly populist updating of this Renaissance classic.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss The Painkiller with Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, new musical Miss Atomic Bomb and fringe play German Skerries at the Orange Tree Theatre.
I recently wrote about super-hot French playwright Florian Zeller’s London hat trick – with The Father, The Mother and, still running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Truth. As I sat down to catch up on my Theatre Diary of other plays I’ve seen recently, however, I realised London’s theatre landscape is going Gallic for far more than Zeller. In the West End alone at the moment, you can catch three heavyweight French offerings, even if you don’t realise it. All three have been given modern English-language makeovers and relocations.
Rob Brydon and Kenneth Branagh team up for Sean Foley’s production of Francis Veber’s The Painkiller. But are they a combination that works? The latest in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the West End’s Garrick Theatre, The Painkiller continues until 30 April 2016.
Well, you’ll never see our Kenneth Branagh more exuberantly violent, nor tumbling into more compromising positions; nor so crazedly drugged, veering from a bout of the ketamine-staggers to full amphetamine mania with a loaded Heckler and Koch automatic in a hotel bedroom
The productions of Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead the nominations with eight and seven nominations respectively Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays At The Garrick Season secures seven nominations, including six for The Winter’s Tale Farinelli And The King receives six nominations Dame Judi Dench celebrates her 15th nomination having previously received six awards and one special award Imelda Staunton receives …
Further casting has been announced for The Entertainer, the final production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season. John Hurt will return to the London stage for the first time in a decade as legendary patriarch Billy Rice opposite Kenneth Branagh, who as previously announced, will play the unforgettable Archie Rice in Rob Ashford’s production.
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. Joining previously announced Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden (Romeo) and Derek Jacobi (Mercutio) will be Meera Syal as the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May until 13 August with press night on 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July.
In the theatre news round-up this week: Dreamgirls, The Painkiller, In the Heights and more.
It is announced that Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen will join previously confirmed cast members Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s new comedy The Painkiller. The fifth production in the Plays at the Garrick season will play from 5 March until 30 April with press night on 17 March.
Looking ahead to this year’s highlights, from Broadway imports and Pulitzer prize winners to Kenneth Branagh and Matthew Warchus’s ongoing seasons.