Kenneth Branagh

Sir Kenneth Branagh was born in 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After having moved to England with his family, he studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His performances on stage immediately after leaving RADA were met with critical acclaim, and he had won his first award by 1982.

After appearing in a number of successful productions, he founded the Renaissance Theatre Company alongside David Parfitt in 1987. The company enjoyed success with a number of productions. The company later produced a number of Shakespeare plays with the likes of Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench amongst the directors.

Outside of theatre work, he is known for his roles in a number of television series and films, such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and The Boat That Rocked (2009). He has also directed blockbuster movies Thor (2011) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

 2008 marked the year of Branagh’s star role in Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, in a Donmar West End revival. This won him critical acclaim, as well as a Best Male Performance award from the Critics’ Circle Theatre. After working on anumber of performances as both actor and director, he formed the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in 2015 as actor-manager. The company has hosted a number of shows including The Entertainer, in which he also starred, Romeo and Juliet and Red Velvet.

Branagh will once again star in The Entertainer to mark the closing production of his company’s first season playing at The Garrick Theatre. He will star alongside Sophie McShera and Greta Scacchi.


As Leontes in Winter's Tale at Garrick


As Ralph in The Painkiller at Garrick


As Arthur Gosport in Harlequinade at Garrick

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
The Entertainer  Arcie Rice Garrick  2016 News
Romeo and Juliet Director Garrick 2016 Review
The Painkiller Ralph Garrick 2016 Review
The Winter's Tale Director / Leontes Garrick 2015 Review
All On Her Own Director Garrick 2015 Review
Harlequinade Director / Arthur Gosport Garrick 2015 Review
Ivanov Ivanov Wyndham's  2008 Review
Edmond Edmond National Theatre 2003 Review
The Play What I Wrote Director Lyceum Theatre 2001 Review
Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter Lyric  1989  
Henry V Henry V Barbican 1989  
Much Ado About Nothing Benedick Phoenix 1988  
Hamlet Hamlet Phoenix 1988  
As You Like It Touchstone Phoenix 1988  

 

Shows Featuring Kenneth Branagh

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