The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale Garrick
Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh star in The Winters Tale, Shakespeare's classic tragi-comedy and the first show in the Kenneth Branagh season.

Branagh will take the leading role as Leontes, King of Sicily who goes insane, suspecting his wife of adultery. Dench will play Paulina, a friend to his accused wife, Hermione.

The show runs from the 17th October 2015 - 16th Januray 2016
Booking until 16 January 2016


Harlequinade Garrick
Kenneth Branagh will perform as well as co-direct alongside Rob Ashford in Terrence Rattigan's Harlequinade, starring Zoe Wanamaker.

The show is a comedy in which a theatre company aim to produce The Winters Tale and Romeo and Juliet (other shows in Branagh's season) to chaotic and hysterical consequence.

Harlequinade is booking from 24th October 2015 - 13th January 2016 and will run in rep with The Winter's Tale.
Booking until 13 January 2016

Red Velvet

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Lolita Chakrabarti's successful production Red Velvet has been announced as the third production to run in Kenneth Branagh's season at the Garrick.

Originally premiering at the Tricycle Theatre, the play will once again star Adrian Lester as the African American actor Ira Aldridge, who begins his journey revolutionising theatre.
Booking from 23 January 2016 until 27 February 2016

The Painkiller

The Painkiller Garrick
Starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, Sean Foley directs his darkly hilarious adaptation of Francis Veber's farce The Painkiller.  The show is a comic tour-de-force about two men in adjoining hotel rooms, one is a killer, the other has a death wish. What could possibly happen!

Branagh and Brydon reprise the roles they played to great acclaim at Belfast's Lyric Theatre.

The show runs from 5th March 2016 - 30th April 2016.
Booking from 5 March 2016 until 30 April 2016

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Garrick
Cinderella stars, Lily James and Richard Madden work with director Kenneth Branagh once more in Romeo and Juliet. James will play Juliet and Madden will play Romeo, presenting the tragic tale of the star crossed lovers live on stage at the Garrick Theatre.

Romeo and Juliet runs from 12th May 2016 to the 13th August 2016.
Booking from 12 May 2016 until 13 August 2016

The Entertainer

The Entertainer Garrick
Starring Kenneth Branagh himself, The Entertainer is the last show in the hotly anticipated season of 5 shows.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne's modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private moments.

Branagh will be directed by Rob Ashford and will play leading role, Archie Rice.

The Entertainer is booking from 20th August 2016 - 12th Novmber 2016.
Booking from 20 August 2016 until 12 November 2016

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The Garrick Theatre was the first British theatre to be named after an actor (David Garrick) and opened in April 1889 with The Profligate. Whilst the theatre was being built, an underground river was discovered which almost halted the completion of the building.

The Garrick was known in its early years for its presentation of melodramas and comedies, including A Pair of Spectacles (1890) which ran at the theatre for around five years. The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith followed in 1895 and was considered to be rather controversial for its time due to themes of social radicalism and free love.

Other notable early productions included The Wedding Guest (1900), a number of stage works by Rutland Barrington such as Water Babies (1902) and owner W.S Gilbert’s production The Fairy’s Dilemma (1904).

Some years later Walter Greenwood’s Love On The Dole (1935) proved a roaring success at the theatre, with the venue continuing strong throughout World War II with productions of Warn That Man (1941), Aren't Men Beasts (1942), She Follows Me About (1943) and Madame Louise (1945).

The 50’s-60’s saw productions of To Dorothy a Son (1951), a two year run of Fings Aint Wot They Used T’Be (1960) and a number of Brian Rix productions including Stand By Your Bedouin and Don’t Just Lie There Say Something.

No Sex Please, We’re British (1982) enjoyed a successful four year run at the theatre from 1982 and the National Theatre’s An Inspector Calls ran at the theatre for 6 years from 1995.

So far the 21st Century has seen productions of This is Our Youth (2002), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2006), Bad Girls: the Musical (2007), Treats starring Billie Piper (2007), The Hurly Burly Show (2011) and Pygmalion (2011).

From 2011 the Garrick hosted a number of musicals; Chicago closed at the theatre in 2012 following a 15 year run on the West End, new musical Loserville opened and swiftly closed in 2012 and Rock of Ages ran at the theatre for almost nine months, before closing in November 2013.

Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men opened at the Garrick Theatre in November 2013 and was met with a wave of high critical praise.

2014 saw a revival of Beatles musical Let it Be (which was again revived at the venue in 2015)  as well as a successful transfer of Broadway's The Scottsboro Boys from the Young Vic.

The Garrick Theatre is now home to The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season of five shows, which include The Winter's Tale, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, Painkiller and The Entertainer. The season runs for just over a year between October 2015 and November 2016.

Past Shows

Let It Be
(closed 5 Sep 2015)
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The Scottsboro Boys
(closed 21 Feb 2015)
Horrible Histories
Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 2
(closed 4 Jan 2015)

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Twelve Angry Men
(closed 14 Jun 2014)
Rock of Ages
(closed 2 Nov 2013)
Horrible Histories
Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 1
(closed 1 Sep 2013)

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Potted Potter
(closed 21 Apr 2013)
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(closed 2 Mar 2013)
Horrible Histories
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
(closed 6 Jan 2013)

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(closed 1 Sep 2012)