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Kenneth Branagh in King Lear at Wyndham’s Theatre

Kenneth Branagh will direct and play the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear at Wyndham’s Theatre previewing from 21 October 2023 with a press night on 31 October.

The production will run for 50 performances only.

Kenneth Branagh in King Lear at Wyndham’s TheatreTickets for the London season will go on sale on 5 June at 12 noon.

The production will transfer to The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York for autumn 2024.

Full cast and creative news will be announced in due course.

About Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company = KBTC
KBTC was formed in 2013. The company’s inaugural Plays at the Garrick Season presented seven plays at the Garrick Theatre from October 2015 to November 2016: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, Harlequinade/All on Her Own by Terence Rattigan (double bill), Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, The Painkiller by Francis Veber, adapted by Sean Foley (first premiered in a limited run at the opening season of the New Lyric Theatre, Belfast) , Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare and The Entertainer by John Osborne.

They went on in 2017 to bring together company members from the Garrick Season and teamed them with RADA graduates past and present, for a special fund-raising production of Hamlet for and at RADA.

Kenneth Branagh is partnered in the company by producer Tamar Thomas. They first met as part of The Renaissance Theatre Company, where Thomas began her career as an Assistant Stage Manager. They have since worked together for over 30 years across theatre, film, and television.

About Fiery Angel
Headed by Edward Snape and Marilyn Eardley, Fiery Angel is an award-winning international production company based in London’s West End.
Recent productions include: Unexpected Twist (UK Tour), Animal Farm (UK Tour), The Good Life (UK tour), Hairspray (West End), Touching the Void (West End), The Son (West End), The Night of the Iguana (West End), Fleabag (West End), Home, I’m Darling (West End and UK tour), Long Day’s Journey into Night (West End, New York and Los Angeles), Mary Stuart (West End and UK tour), Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (West End), Love From A Stranger (UK tour), Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company; The Winter’s Tale, All On Her Own/Harlequinade, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet, The Entertainer (West End), Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre), The 39 Steps (9 years in the West End, 3 UK tours, 3 years on Broadway and presented in over 40 territories worldwide including Olivier, Tony and Moliere award wins), To Kill a Mockingbird (Barbican Theatre and UK tour), The Scottsboro Boys (West End), The Ladykillers (West End and UK tour), Ghost Stories (West End), Dial M for Murder (UK tour). Fiery Angel has acted as a co-producer alongside The National Theatre on its West End productions of Nine Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Lehman Trilogy.

About The Shed
The Shed is a new cultural institution of and for the 21st century. We produce and welcome innovative art and ideas, across all forms of creativity, to build a shared understanding of our rapidly changing world and a more equitable society. In our highly adaptable building on Manhattan’s west side, The Shed brings together established and emerging artists to create new work in fields ranging from pop to classical music, painting to digital media, theatre to literature, and sculpture to dance. We seek opportunities to collaborate with cultural peers and community organisations, work with like-minded partners, and provide unique spaces for private events. As an independent nonprofit that values invention, equity, and generosity, we are committed to advancing art forms, addressing the urgent issues of our time, and making our work impactful, sustainable, and relevant to the local community, the cultural sector, New York City, and beyond.

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