The cast includes Jessie Buckley as Perdita and Muriel Palmer, Miranda Raison as Hermione and Edna Selby, Tom Bateman as Florizel and Jack Wakefield and Hadley Fraser as Polixenes and First Halberdier,
UPDATE: Jack Colgrave Hirst will play the Clown and Tom Palmer, Michael Pennington will play Anitgonus, Zoe Rainey will play Emilia, John Shrapnel will play Camillo and George Chudleigh, Kathryn Wilder will play Mopsa and Joyce Langland and Jimmy Yuill will play the Shepherd and Mr Burton.
They join the previously announced Kenneth Branagh as Leontes and Arthur Gosport, with Judi Dench playing Paulina in The Winter’s Tale.
The Winter's Tale runs between 17th October 2015 and 16th January 2016. Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.
Harlequinade runs between 24th October 2015 and 13 January 2016. In this rarely seen comic gem, a classical theatre company attempts to produce The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, while the intrigues and dalliances of the company members are accidently revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences… The behind-the-scenes world takes centre stage in Terence Rattiganʼs affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play. Branagh also co-direct with Ashford.