The Winter's Tale (Branagh)

Garrick Theatre

The Winter's Tale (Branagh)

17 Oct 2015 - 16 Jan 2016

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12 reviews

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It is required you do awake your faith

Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh.

Part of the first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.


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“One of Shakespeare’s greatest, most redemptive plays is richly served without flaw or gimmick... fresh, clear, heartfelt. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Indisputable energy and gusto... You won't see a better version in terms of heart, bones and lucidity. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Sublime... Branagh gives an extraordinarily searching portrayal of Leontes... A profound intuitiveness about mental disturbance.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Branagh brilliantly shades Leontes’ descent into madness... Dame Judi’s powers remain undimmed. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Dench is nothing less than a marvel. Stern, brave, heartbreaking... Cool and wondrous production... Don’t miss. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“A play that, when it works, casts a spell like no other, and this production is magical... a gift to eye and heart. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“The Branagh Theatre Company gets off to a splendid start with a starry but sincere Winter's Tale. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Well-spoken, elegant account... emphasises the almost magical powers of Paulina... [Dench is] majestically authoritative. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Several intriguing touches in what superficially looks like an orthodox production... Not afraid to hint at the darker elements ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Sir Ken... was a little off-form... but Dame Judi is the making of the show... Her cadences are hypnotic. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Dench... has an easy charm... with hidden depths... In total contrast to Branagh’s frantic, distracting busyness. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“The Bard with bells on, albeit jingly ones... You would think Branagh would not mess up Shakespeare... You would be wrong. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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