Exciting casting news this week for the upcoming Plays at The Garrick season brought to you by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.
First up is fan favourite Meera Syal who will play the role of The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, broadcast to cinemas on Thursday 7 July. She joins previously announced cast members David Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden as Mercutio, Juliet and Romeo respectively.
Commenting on her appointment, Meera Syal said: “I’m so looking forward to joining such an exciting and prestigious company, and to be performing Shakespeare with them in this, his 400th anniversary year.”
Also broadcast live to cinemas later in 2016 is John Osborne’s The Entertainer, with John Hurt returning to the London stage for the first time in 10 years in the role of Billy Rice, opposite Kenneth Branagh as Archie.
Hurt, whose last theatre role in London was in Krapp’s Last Tape at the Barbican in 2006, said he was “thrilled” to be cast in what he considers to be “one of the great plays of the 20th century”.
“This has been a wonderfully successful season for Ken Branagh and his company, and I feel proud and privileged to be joining them,” he added.
The cinema broadcasts of both Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer will be directed by Benjamin Caron, who has also recently directed the broadcast of The Winter’s Tale and collaborated with Kenneth Branagh on the forthcoming series of Wallander, due to be broadcast on the BBC in 2016.
Tickets for Romeo and Juliet are currently on sale, with The Entertainer following later this summer. Find your nearest cinema and secure your seats at www.branaghtheatrelive.com.