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First look at Sir Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice in The Entertainer

Published 10/05/2016

Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer. Picture: Johan Persson
Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer. Picture: Johan Persson
Sir Kenneth Branagh (pictured) will star alongside Sir John Hurt in The Entertainer at The Garrick

This is the first look at Sir Kenneth Branagh as he dons his dancing shoes to star in the revival production of The Entertainer.

The Belfast-born actor and director will star in the production as Archie Rice - which was famously first-played by Laurence Olivier in 1957.

The Entertainer tells the story of a family of performers on the seedy music hall circuit in post-war Britain

The Entertainer will mark the final production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season. The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade / All On Her Own, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the seven-play season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

Directed by Rob Ashford The Entertainer also stars John Hurt as Billy Rice (the father of Archie)  Phil Dunster, Jonah Hauer-King, Pip Jordan, Crispin Letts, Sophie McShera, Greta Scacchi and Kate Tydman.

The Entertainer will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on October 27 and tickets are now onsale.

Whatsonstage describes it as: "A proud past, a shabby present, an uncertain future: the state of the nation in 1956 perhaps, but also the state of the Rice family in a run-down seaside resort, where Archie is fronting a strip-show in a seedy theatre.

"Ever the entertainer, he carries on joking, dancing, singing - increasingly dead behind the eyes. This is a modern classic: it is a play about the state of the nation, but it is also a play which is vaudeville: funny, sleazy, sentimental in turn, after turn, after turn."

The Entertainer runs at the Garrick Theatre, London from 20 August - 12 November.

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