Hadley Fraser, Tom Bateman & more join Kenneth Branagh season

Hadley Fraser, Tom Bateman & more join Kenneth Branagh season

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Further casting has been announced for the first two productions of the highly anticipated Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre. Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade will play in repertory from 17 October 2015.

    The new cast members will join the previously announced Judi Dench who stars as Paulina in The Winter's Tale opposite co-director Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Branagh will also play Arthur Gosport in Harlequinade.

    Tom Bateman will play Florizel in The Winter's Tale, and Jack Wakefield in Harlequinade. Bateman was last seen on the West End stage originating the role of Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre. His theatre credits include Lizzie Siddal (Arcola), Duchess Of Malfi (Old Vic), The Lion In Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham's). On television Bateman stars in ITV's Jekyll & Hyde, and has also appeared in The Honourable Woman, The Tunnel, Da Vinci's Demons, Parade's End and Spooks.

    Hadley Fraser will play Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, and First Halberdier in Harlequinade. Fraser was last seen in The Vote alongside Judi Dench at the Donmar Warehouse, which broadcast live on Channel 4 on Election Night. Fraser's extensive theatre credits include City Of Angels, Coriolanus and The Machine (Donmar), The Pajama Game (Chichester), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena. He's also appeared in the films Les Misérables, Shackled, Convincing Clooney and The Lost Tribe, as well as the TV programmes Holby City, Sons Of Liberty, Pompidou, Fresh Beat Band, Doctor Who, and Missing Moscow.

    Jessie Buckley will play Perdita in The Winter's Tale, and Muriel Palmer in Harlequinade. Buckley most recently appeared in the West End opposite Jude Law in Michael Grandage's Henry V. Her theatre credits include Amadeus (Chichester), The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe), and A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Garrick Theatre). She first came to prominence in Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent show programme I'd Do Anything, where she competed alongside Rachel Tucker and Samantha Barks, ultimately coming second to Jodie Prenger. Her television credits include War and Peace, Endeavour and This September, as well as the films Pulsar, Crosswinds and Join My Band.

    Zoe Rainey will play Emilia in The Winter's Tale. Her theatre credits include Anything Goes (UK Tour), Oh What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), School For Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), She Stoops To Conquer (National Theatre), Wicked (Victoria Apollo Theatre), Sunshine on Leith (Dundee Rep/ UK Tour), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), Gigi (Regent's Park), Parade (Donmar), Woman In White (Palace Theatre), and Little Women (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Rainey's films include the upcoming adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, as well as Mr Holmes and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.

    Miranda Raison will play Hermione in The Winter's Tale, and Edna Selby in Harlequinade. Raison has appeared in the television programmes 24, Live Another Day, Spotless, Silk, Vexed, Dirk Gently, Merlin, Death In Paradise, Dr Who, Holby City, Perfect Strangers, Jo, Lewis, Poirot, Cat Among The Pigeons, Emmerdale, and Spooks. Her theatre credits include Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), Strangers On A Train (Gielgud), The River (Royal Court), The Physicists (Donmar), Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (Shakespeare's Globe), and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Chichester).

    John Shrapnel will play Camillo in The Winter's Tale, and George Chudleigh in Harlequinade. His theatre credits include King Lear (Bristol), Phaedra (National Theatre), Julius Caesar (Barbican/European tour), South Pacific (National Theatre), and The Hothouse (Chichester/West End), as well as Hamlet, The Thebans, Measure for Measure for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His television appearances include Merlin, Waking The Dead, Apparitions, Midsomer Murders, Hornblower, Inspector Morse, Six Faces of Steve Coogan, and The Woman in White. His films include The Awakening, The Duchess, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Troy, K-­19: The Widowmaker, Gladiator, The Body, Notting Hill, and 101 Dalmations.

    Jimmy Yuill will play The Shepherd in The Winter's Tale, and Mr. Burton in Harlequinade. In 1988 Yuill joined Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company for productions of Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Hamlet, directed by Judi Dench, Geraldine McEwan and Derek Jacobi, respectively, as well as Coriolanus, Uncle Vanya, and King Lear. His other theatre credits include Branagh's Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/Park Avenue Armory), Twelfth Night and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Bristol Old Vic), Richard III (Crucible Theatre), and work for the RSC. On TV, Yuill is best known as Lachlan Macrae in Hamish MacBeth, Victor Brown in Eastenders, and DI Doug Kersey in 4 series of Wycliffe. His films include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Love's Labour's Lost, and As You Like It, all directed by Branagh. Yuill has also worked for Branagh as performance consultant on the movies Magic Flute, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Cinderella.

    Actor and director Michael Pennington will play Antigonus in The Winter's Tale. His extensive theatre credits include She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath), Antony and Cleopatra, The Syndicate and The Master Builder (Chichester), Hamlet (Gielgud), The Gift of the Gorgon (Wyndham's), Crime and Punishment (Lyric Theatre), The Cosmonaut's Last Message (Donmar), Venice Preserv'd (National Theatre), Coriolanus, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II and The Winter's Tale (English Shakespeare Company), and Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Hippolytus, Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure (RSC). Pennington's television includes The Escape Artist, Oedipus the King, Danton's Death, Miss Nightingale, Trial and Retribution, State of Play, Kavanagh QC, Waking the Dead, Doctor Terrible's House of Horrible, Cracker, Between the Lines and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. He's also appeared in the films Churchill at War, Return of the Jedi and The Iron Lady.

    Jack Colgrave Hirst will play The Clown in The Winter's Tale, and Tom Palmer in Harlequinade. Having also appeared in Trials of Jimmy Rose (ITV) and Lucky Man (Sky), his RADA Credits include Punk Rock, Mad to Go, Mercury Fur, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Three Sisters.

    Graduating from RADA July 2015, Kathryn Wilder will make her professional debut as Mopsa in The Winter's Tale, and Joyce Langland in Harlequinade.

    The Winter's Tale will begin kick off the Kenneth Branagh Theatre season, beginning previews 17 October 2015 and running until 16 January 2016. It plays in rep with Harlequinade, which begins previews 24 October 2015 running until 13 January 2016.