JOHN HURT - (C) BBC - Photographer: Adrian Rogers


Kenneth Branagh’s Theatre Company has announced that John Hurt will appear in The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre this year.

The play is written by John Osborne  of Look Back In Anger and Get Carter fame. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, Osborne’s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.  Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the unforgettable Archie Rice, with John Hurt as Billy Rice.

In partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, The Entertainer will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide in the autumn. The date of the broadcast will be announced soon. Participating cinemas and further information about Branagh Theatre Live can be found at

Everyone’s favourite War Doctor has said:

“I am thrilled to be invited to play Billy Rice in this production of what I believe to be one of the great plays of the twentieth century. This has been a wonderfully successful season for Ken Branagh and his company, and I feel proud and privileged to be joining them.”

The Entertainer will run from 20 August to 12 November 2016. You can buy tickets from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company website.


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