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Olivier Award winner Zoë Wanamaker has joined the cast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's upcoming production of Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Wanamaker will appear as Dame Maud alongside a cast that also includes Kenneth Branagh as Arthur Gosport and Tom Bateman as Jack Wakefield. Harlequinade will run from 24 October 2015 to 13 January 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.
Harlequinade Synopsis: "A classical theatre company attempts to produce The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, while the intrigues and dalliances of the company members are accidently revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences."
In addition to playing Dame Maud in Harlequinade, Zoë Wanamaker will also perform Terence Rattigan's dramatic monologue All On Her Own. This is described as a "brief but powerfully atmospheric play" and has never before played in the West End. All On Her Own will be performed every evening prior to Harlequinade.
All On My Own Synopsis: "A woman with a secret, alone at midnight in London has a burden to share that is at times both heart-breaking and sinister."
Zoë Wanamaker has won two Olivier Awards for Best Actress and recent London stage credits include "Stevie" at the Hampstead Theatre, National Theatre productions of "The Cherry Orchard", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Rose Tattoo", and "All My Sons" at the Apollo Theatre in 2010. Television credits include the long-running BBC comedy "My Family" and in the most recent series of "Mr. Selfridge". Wanamaker has also appeared in many films, such as "Harry Potter", "My Week with Marilyn" and "Wilde".
Kenneth Branagh released the following statement: "Zoë Wanamaker is a brilliant comedienne and a great tragic actress too. In joining us for the Rattigan comedy we seized on the opportunity to let her show us the dramatic side of a playwright also known as ‘the English Chekhov’. The rarely seen All On Her Own provides a fabulous woman’s role, and makes for an intriguingly balanced double bill."
It has also been announced that John Dagleish, who won an Olivier Award earlier this year for his role as Ray Davies in the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon,will be appearing in both Harlequinade and The Winter's Tale from 17 October 2015 to 16 January 2016. Both productions will be playing in repertoire at the Garrick.