Kenneth Branagh to direct and star in The Browning Version

Last Updated on 19 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is to be revived by The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at London’s Riverside Studios with a cast of past Rada graduates

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Victor Alli, Kemi Awoderu, Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Joseph Kloska, Wendy Kweh and Sarah Eve

Kenneth Branagh is to star in a new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version at London’s Riverside Studios.

The revival of the classic 1948 play, with Branagh as director, will run from 5 to 29 August 2021. Tickets are on sale now from

Branagh will play Andrew Crocker-Harris, an ageing Classics teacher at an English public school who confronts his sense of failure as he approaches retirement.

The cast is made up of past Rada graduates and will raise funds for the drama school’s Stage Critical campaign to help it recover and rebuild after the impact of the pandemic.

It will feature Kemi Awoderu as Taplow, Joseph Kloska as Frank Hunter, Lolita Chakrabarti as Millie Crocker-Harris, Wendy Kweh as Dr Frobisher, Victor Alli as Peter Gilbert and Sarah Eve as Mrs Gilbert.

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production will be designed by Frankie Bradshaw, with lighting design by Paul Pyant – another Rada graduate – and sound design by Emma Laxton.

Branagh, who graduated from Rada in 1981, said: “Rattigan demands detailed, truthful performance. Rada works hard to train actors for that. It will be exciting to see the two combine.”

Rada chair Marcus Ryder added: “It is a massive privilege as chair of Rada to be thanking Kenneth Branagh for putting on this production – a production which serves to highlight the full range and diversity of Rada’s alumni, while also launching Stage Critical, our much-needed fundraising campaign following the extraordinarily difficult year because of Covid-19. I’m delighted that Rada is a part of this production and the rebuilding of our world-leading industry.”

Alongside established names such as Kloska, Kweh and Chakrabarti, it features 2019 graduates Victor Alli, Kemi Awoderu and Sarah Eve.

Tickets are initially being sold based on a socially distanced model which reduces the capacity to about 170. If the Government’s roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions allows for full-capacity performances to take place, the rest of the house will be put on sale too.

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