Originally published on A Younger Theatre
When Kenneth Branagh announced the formation of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in April 2015, the West End was understandably buzzing with excitement. The last time Branagh had graced the boards in London, he won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for the title role in Ivanov. Now back with a series of plays in which he combines his gift for acting with an established directing career, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company includes young and old performers alike and is drawing some of the very best in British talent to the Garrick Theatre for the next year. Kicking off the series with The Winter’s Tale, Branagh has brought one of the West End’s elite, Judi Dench, back to the stage.