Friday, 29 January 2016

Full casting announced for The Painkiller starring Kenneth Branagh & Rob Brydon

Full casting has been announced for new comedy The Painkiller which marks the fifth production in Kenneth Branagh's Plays at the Garrick season.

Directed by Sean Foley, The Painkiller opens at the Garrick Theatre on 17th March (previews from 5th March) and runs until 30th April 2016.

Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen join the previously announced Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon in Foley's "darkly hilarious" adaptation of Francis Veberʼs classic French farce. Branagh and Brydon reprise the roles they played at the Belfast’s Lyric Theatre inaugural season in this comic tour-de-force.

Foley said: "The Painkiller proved to be a very funny evening in the theatre in its first incarnation at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. I'm delighted to have the chance to further develop this comedy with the remarkable double act of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon, who, together with the brilliant Mark Hadfield, were a joy to direct in the first production. 

"I know that they are excited as I am to also be welcoming to our cast the extraordinary talents of Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser and Alex Macqueen, and we will all be working as hard as possible to bring this darkly hilarious farce to explosive life for London audiences."

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