The Entertainer

Garrick Theatre

The Entertainer

20 Aug 2016 - 12 Nov 2016

£15.00 - £95.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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

John Hurt has pulled out of the production on doctor's orders.


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“Intense, powerful production of Osborne's evocative portrait of a man – and a nation – in freefall. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Sir Ken goes some considerable and impressive way to stamping his own authority and personality on the part... Fine support. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Branagh rises to the occasion with a performance that is never less than thoroughly arresting... Grainger is perfection. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Acutely keyed into a certain type of futile, provincial British nastiness... A cracking turn from Branagh. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Branagh’s Archie never for a moment convinces others, nor really himself... Grainger is excellent... Scacchi is brilliant. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Somehow, in Ashford's heavy-handed production, the play and the performance fail to ignite. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“While Branagh is never less than fascinating to watch there is something seriously amiss about Ashford’s production. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Unconvincing... Scacchi is rather good... Feels glum and negative and a bit so-what-ish. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Glum, angry metaphor for Britain’s decline into 1950’s pointlessness... It doesn’t really work. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“He isn’t really sleazy enough, nor – as the text demands – “dead behind the eyes”. Branagh simply doesn’t ooze failure. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Osborne’s plays require far more sensitive direction if they are not to descend into rants... Scacchi illuminates the stage. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“On the one hand he’s too slick, tap-dancing suavely, and on the other he makes Archie seem too contemptuous of his own routine. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Listless and uninspired... [a] sense of wrongness permeates the production... Branagh is curiously low-key. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Few surprises... Too little fluidity... Branagh: a lovely nimbleness... never suggests utter desperation or utter excavation. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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