Harlequinade at Garrick Theatre tickets
Harlequinade at Garrick Theatre tickets

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Overview

Kenneth Branagh is joined by esteemed actress Zoë Wanamaker in a revival of Terence Rattigan’s rarely performed comedy Harlequinade.

In a never before seen double bill Wanamaker will also perform Rattigan’s powerfully atmospheric one woman show All On Her Own prior to each performance. This monologue is much darker and provides a real contrast to Harlequinade; the pairing really shows off the range of one of one of Britain’s finest playwrights.

The contrasting performances will also show off the versatility of double Olivier Award winning actress Zoe Wanamaker. Star of My Family and Harry Potter, Wanamaker has also had a prolific stage career regularly performing with the RSC or at the National Theatre. The show will also star John Dalgleish who has been seen recently giving an Olivier Award winning performance as Ray Davies in hit Hampstead theatre Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

Rattigan’s work has enjoyed a bit of a Renaissance in recent years with a number of high profile productions being mounted to celebrate his centenary back in 2011 including Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, Chichester’s revival of The Browning Version for which they commissioned David Hare to right a companion piece, South Downs and Cause Célèbre starring Anne-Marie Duff at The Old Vic.

Harlequinade tells the story of a classical theatre company attempting to put on productions of The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Focusing on what goes on behind the scenes we see the disaster unfold as the off stage world of the actors and onstage world of the characters collide with hilarious consequences.

This production will be the second of the newly formed Branagh company, who are taking up a residency at the Garrick theatre for a season of five plays. The show will fittingly play in rep with Branagh’s production of The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench. Romeo and Juliet also features later in the season, for which Branagh has reunited the cast of his recent Disney live action Cinderella blockbuster Richard Madden, Lily James and Derek Jacobi.

This production will be co directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford.

Recommended for

Fans of Rattigan’s work will appreciate the rare opportunity to catch one of his little performed works in what is sure to be a fine double bill. Those who enjoyed Noises Off will appreciate the on stage/off stage antics of this comedy which celebrates the lunacy of putting on a play.

Dates and times

Opened: 24 Oct 2015
Press night: 07 Nov 2015
Booking from: 13 Jan 2016
Booking until: 13 Jan 2016

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

15 Reviews Add review

This was a split show with two plays - the first was All on her own - a one woman show. This was so well done and so well played b... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was a split show with two plays - the first was All on her own - a one woman show. This was so well done and so well played by Zoe Wanamaker. It was funny and emotional and just a really interesting piece. The set for the first play sat in front of a curtain that covered the set for the second more extravagant piece - Harlequinade. This was a full cast play and again was incredibly funny. I really enjoyed the mix of character and the charm and light hearted nature of this play. A fantastic opportunity to see two Rattigan Plays.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

As part of Harlequinade, Zoe Wanamaker performed Rattigan's short monologue All on Her Own before the production began. This was a... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

As part of Harlequinade, Zoe Wanamaker performed Rattigan's short monologue All on Her Own before the production began. This was actually the highlight of the whole evening for me, as it was a harrowing, truly enigmatic piece. It was amazing to see such a talented actress up close. This, followed by Harlequinade, definitely had the contrasting effect that Branagh was going for! Harlequinade was an absolute riot, with outstanding performances from both Wanamaker and Branagh particularly. I wish I had returned to see another performance! Laughed all the way through. Branagh is a comic genius.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

We saw All On Her Own (one woman play with Zoe Wanamaker) and Harlequinade; both plays by Terrence Rattigan. The former was both ... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

We saw All On Her Own (one woman play with Zoe Wanamaker) and Harlequinade; both plays by Terrence Rattigan. The former was both humorous and very moving and brilliantly acted. The latter was incredibly funny throughout and well performed by all.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

We saw All On Her Own (one woman play with Zoe Wanamaker) and Harlequinade; both plays by Terrence Rattigan. The former was both ... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

We saw All On Her Own (one woman play with Zoe Wanamaker) and Harlequinade; both plays by Terrence Rattigan. The former was both humorous and very moving and brilliantly acted. The latter was incredibly funny throughout and well performed by all.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Part of the Kenneth Branagh season, this is a fun little play, barely an hour long, and so bolstered with a 30 minute short play a... More

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 245 reviews, 32 helpful votes

Part of the Kenneth Branagh season, this is a fun little play, barely an hour long, and so bolstered with a 30 minute short play as well. It's nice to see a light comedy done so well but it is an odd choice to have in the West End

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 245 reviews, 32 helpful votes

What can you expect from the superb actors but an excellent performance.

ksenijagojkov 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What can you expect from the superb actors but an excellent performance.

ksenijagojkov 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Light but highly enjoyable. The actors were exactly how we expected. Excellent!

ksenijagojkov 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Light but highly enjoyable. The actors were exactly how we expected. Excellent!

ksenijagojkov 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

For someone who is sceptical of farce, this is a highly intelligent and engaging comedy combined with an extraordinary monologue f... More

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

For someone who is sceptical of farce, this is a highly intelligent and engaging comedy combined with an extraordinary monologue from Zoe Wannamaker at the beginning!

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

l enjoyed the plays, I really liked the monologue before the Harlequinade - was funny but I did expect more.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

l enjoyed the plays, I really liked the monologue before the Harlequinade - was funny but I did expect more.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes