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    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.

    Performance dates: 13 Jan 2016 - 13 Jan 2016

    Special notice: 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.

    20 seat view photos

    SeatPlan Recommends: Due to a number of pillars the Garrick theatre's stalls are best avoided unless you are sitting centrally between rows D and J. Otherwise go for the centre of the dress circle.

    Latest audience reviews

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

    sergioAraujo Top 100 reviewer22 Jan 2018

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

    sergioAraujo Top 100 reviewer22 Jan 2018

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

    sayers500 22 Jan 2018

    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 22 Jan 2018

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

    fifilou Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017

    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 Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017
    Seatfiller Top 100 reviewer06 Jun 2017

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

    susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer15 Aug 2016

    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 Top 200 reviewer15 Aug 2016
    loriratia 21 Feb 2017
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