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'The Winter’s Tale' at Palace Cineplex on Sunday

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench (left) stars as Paulina and multiple Academy Award nominee Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes in ‘The Winter’s Tale’.

Brilliant! - Garrick Theatre Review

A wondrous production. Don't miss. - Daily Express

Sir Kenneth Branagh, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, is no stranger to the big screen, with an Emmy, three BAFTA awards and nominations for five Academy Awards and five Golden Globes to his credit.

The Branagh Theatre Company's first production, The Winter's Tale, in London's West End, boasts a cast led by Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, opposite Branagh Leontes.

Jamaican audiences will be able to enjoy an encore performance of Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Palace Cineplex.

The Winter's Tale is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. The cinema broadcast of the play is directed by Benjamin Caron.

The Irish-born Branagh has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. Henry V in 1989 co-starred his then wife, Emma Thompson, and he received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Director. Hamlet gave him the Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. His 1993 adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing featured an all-star cast including Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves.

Branagh has also starred in several films and television series, including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Valkyrie and My Week with Marilyn, for which he was received the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Sir Laurence Olivier.

Branagh said, "in 2015, where theatre making and film making meet is exciting. The cinema broadcasts of our plays hope to challenge the possibilities of this relationship. We have a team of people who are experienced in both worlds. The potential results, particularly in exploring the magic of Shakespeare, should be fascinating."

"I am very pleased indeed to be working with Picturehouse to bring The Winter's Tale and subsequently Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer live into cinemas around the world. These plays have epic dimensions but also great intimacy, and I believe that, working with the talented director Benjamin Caron, we can bring the immediacy and excitement of the live stage production into cinemas. We will employ film techniques to make these broadcasts truly cinematic, without in any way compromising the theatrical experience," he continued.




The Winter's Tale is a play I have been drawn to through my entire career. Judi Dench has famously been in the play as Hermione and Perdita, but to have her in the company as Paulina and for us to work together on Shakespeare, which we have not done since Coriolanus in Chichester 20 years ago, is very rewarding."

Q: You've directed and starred in many projects. Do you take a different approach to directing when you're also a member of the cast?

KB: It's always very positive working with Rob Ashford because he's a genuine co-director, so the difficult thing of trying to be in two places at once is removed. A lot of our co-directing work happens ahead of the rehearsal room period, so while I perform I concentrate on the role and the scene. At the beginning and end of the day we talk about observations I've had from inside the play. It works very well to have someone absolutely inside it and someone absolutely outside it. When it comes to this season that is the distinctive quality there's a genuine partnership behind the creation of both the production and the performance.

Tickets are on sale at the box office, and via the web at, with a Palace Card.