Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne's modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre.
Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of five plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden.
Kenneth Branagh rises to the occasion
Branagh is highly watchable as the music-hall veteran Archie Rice, but John Osborne’s portrait of a collapsing culture is undercut in a misjudged production
The Branagh acting tour de force we’ve been holding out for