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KBTC: The Entertainer
Thu, 27th October, 2016 @ 19:15pm - 22:00pm£7 – £11
Kenneth Branagh in the title role of this modern classic written by seminal British playwright, Oscar-winning screenwriter and former Clun resident, John Osborne.
Kenneth Branagh’s ambitious year-long residence at the Garrick Theatre got off to a flying start with the artistic and commercial triumph of The Winter’s Tale with Judi Dench. The first of three plays to be broadcast live to cinemas, it took £1.6 million at the UK box office. Now Branagh’s first season concludes with John Osborne’s follow-up to his groundbreaking Look Back in Anger. This has at its centre the memorably sad, middle-aged figure of fading music-hall star Archie Rice, whose failing career is set against the backdrop of post-Colonial decline and personal tragedy. Archie was famously played by Laurence Olivier in the original production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957. Branagh himself has frequently been compared to Olivier, so anticipation will be at fever pitch when he takes on this iconic role in his artistic associate Rob Ashford’s production.