John Hurt to star Opposite Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer

Further casting has been announced for The Entertainer , running at the Garrick Theatre from the 20th August to the 12th November. 

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John Hurt. Photo credit: BAFTA Ian Derry.

The production will see John Hurt playing opposite Kenneth Branagh as Billy Rice in the final show as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre company’s season of plays at the Garrick Theatre.

It has also been announced that the show will also star Jonah Hauer-King as Frank Rice, Sophie McShera as Jean Rice and Greta Scacchi as Phoebe Rice.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. 

The Entertainer will also be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in the Autumn, with a broadcast date yet to be announced.

Rob Ashford said: I am really looking forward to working on this play. I find The Entertainer riveting and in my opinion there is no better group of actors to bring it to life.”

John Hurt said: “I am thrilled to be invited to play Billy Rice in this production of what I believe to be one of the great plays of the twentieth century. This has been a wonderfully successful season for Ken Branagh and his company, and I feel proud and privileged to be joining them.”

The cinema broadcast of The Entertainer will be directed by Benjamin Caron, who has previously directed the broadcast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale, and will be directing the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet, starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal, on 7 July.

The Entertainer will run at Garrick Theatre from the 20th August until the 12th November. To book tickets visit:, Discount, Last, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK

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