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Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench on theatre, jokes, critics…

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
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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 in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Judi Dench played Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench on theatre, jokes, critics: excellence in film award 2016

The Winners of The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards
Best New Play: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh
Best Musical (new or revival): Bend It Like Beckham
Best Actor: Kenneth Cranham in The Father
Best Actress: Denise Gough in People, Places and Things
Best Director: Robert Icke for Oresteia
Best Designer: Anna Fleischle for Hangmen
Most Promising Playwright: James Fritz for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds
Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): David Moorst in Violence and Son


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