Profile: Kenneth Branagh
One of the most anticipated theatre events starts this month as the Kenneth Branagh Company begins its season of shows at the Garrick Theatre, with The Winter’s Tale set to begin previews on 17th October.
The season sees an array of stars head to the stage, with Branagh both directing and acting in many, and as a result it is only fitting that we take a look at some of their careers. So let’s delve into the work of Branagh, whose life has seen him reach many heights as a stage and screen performer and director.
Obviously best known for his Shakespearean work and Blockbuster films, Kenneth Branagh has had a varied career. He was born in Belfast in 1960 and attended school in Reading before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This clearly set him up well for his future work as he great success as the years went by. In the 1980s these included some acclaimed performances on the stage, from productions of Henry V and others for the Royal Shakespeare Company to Twelfth Night. This Shakespearean work also found its way to the screen as he directed well known films based on the Bard’s work.
But in recent years his film work has also included some high profile blockbusters, starring in the likes of Valkyrie and directing Thor and 2015’s Cinderella. It has ensured a varied career that has seen him nominated and awarded numerous accolades, from the Academy Awards to the Laurence Olivier Awards, with plenty more likely to be ahead of him.
And now he returns to the West End to present an array of shows with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. With The Winter’s Tale starting this month, the season also includes Harlequinade, which starts later in October, with the season also seeing the likes of Judie Dench and Rob Brydon (appearing in The Painkiller) take to the stage. It is not to be missed.
The Winter’s Tale makes its anticipated appearance at the Garrick Theatre from Saturday 17th October 2015, with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presenting various shows into 2016.