Judi Dench stars in Branagh launch

Judi Dench stars in Branagh launch THE Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company announced that it will broadcast three productions of its year-long Plays at the Garrick season live to cinemas worldwide, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.

The Winter’s Tale will be the first Branagh Live production on November 26. Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption will be reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh following their staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

Judi Dench will play Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Branagh said: “It is exciting to see the meeting of theatre making and film making. The cinema broadcasts of our plays hope to challenge the possibilities of this relationship.

“The Winter’s Tale is a play I have been drawn to through my entire career Judi Dench has famously been in the play as Hermione and Perdita, but to have her in the company as Paulina and for us to work together on Shakespeare, which we have not done since Coriolanus in Chichester 20 years ago, is very rewarding.”

Broadcast dates for Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer will be announced on the day of the preceding production’s broadcast. Participating cinemas can be found at branaghtheatrelive.com