Rehearsal images have been released today for The Painkiller which is the fourth production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season, and stars Claudie Blakley, Kenneth Branagh, Rob Brydon, Mark Hadfield, Marcus Fraser and Alex Macqueen. Sean Foley directs his hilarious adaptation of Francis Veber’s French farce. 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 … [Read more...]
Garrick Theatre London Tickets for Noises Off
The Drifters Girl
The Queen of British Soul and West End leading lady BEVERLEY KNIGHT stars in the world premiere of a brand new musical – THE DRIFTERS GIRL.
Coming to the West End Autumn 2020, discover the remarkable story of THE DRIFTERS, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them.
Booking from 1st October 2020 to 13th February 2021
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (2 minutes) Go along Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air-conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Garrick Theatre London
The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, and C J Phipps as a consultant to help with the planning on this site which included an underground river.
The theatre was built for W S Gilbert, who was responsible for the book and lyrics of all Savoy Operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan. The theatre opened on 24th April, 1889 and was named after David Garrick, an 18th Century actor. The theatre has retained its Victorian aspects. Sir John Hare produced and starred in The Profligate with Johnston Forbes Robertson and Lewis Waller in 1889.
When first built the theatre had 800 seats on four levels, but since then the gallery has been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656. The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the designer Carl Toms and in 1997 the front facade also had a facelift. The theatre has largely been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.
Recent productions include a No Sex Please We’re British, which then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. On 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opened here, having played successful seasons at the RNT’s Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.
John Hurt and Kenneth Branagh The Entertainer
The Entertainer is 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. Also joining the company will be Jonah Hauer-King as Frank Rice, Sophie McShera as Jean Rice and Greta Scacchi as Phoebe Rice. The Entertainer will … [Read more...]
Full casting announced for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet
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. Meera Syal said: "I'm so looking forward to … [Read more...]
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Red Velvet – Review
It’s quite tortuous these days to experience a Shakespeare play in which every line is acted out. Red Velvet sees Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge taking on the title role in Othello - a role Lester took on without the additional backstory at the National Theatre in 2013. Except this is the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in 1833 (the name Royal Opera House was not adopted until 1892), and in this play-within-a-play, scenes from the Bard are performed with such exaggeration to the … [Read more...]
Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench on theatre, jokes, critics…
At the recent Critics' Circle Annual Awards, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench spoke on theatre, jokes, critics during excellence in film award 2016 at the UK Critics Circle ceremony. Dame Judi Dench, who won the Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for her turn as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, which opened to critical acclaim at London’s Garrick Theatre on 7th November, 2015 is reimagined … [Read more...]