Kenneth Branagh takes on the title role of British music hall performer Archie Rice in John Osborne’s modern classic, The Entertainer, the finale in Branagh’s Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre.

Directed by Rob Ashcroft and designed by Christopher Oram the play is set in a post-war Britain, following the story of Archie Rice, through both his public and private life.

Not only does this dark comedy centre around the unlikable protagonist, whose cold and bitter demeanor is instantly deplorable, it also comments on the decline of the British Empire and problems within the Middle East – both of which relevant in today’s contemporary society as much as they were when the play first premiered in 1957.

The Entertainer will play a limited season from August 20th to November 12th. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with an additional matinee on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.