Harlequinade / All On Her Own

This Terence Rattigan double-bill was the first play I saw in Kenneth Branagh’s season at the Garrick; after trying and failing several times to win the TodayTix lottery, I gave up and bought a regular seat. It was worth it, though. The first short piece, All On Her Own, saw Zoë Wanamaker in fine form, carrying on a conversation with her deceased husband as she tried to figure out whether or not he committed suicide. The second, the main work of the evening, was Harlequinade, a satire about a group of Shakespearean actors touring the country performing Romeo and Juliet and preparing for a production of The Winter’s Tale. Kenneth Branagh hams it up wonderfully in this highly entertaining piece, with Miranda Raison excellent as his wife, and Hadley Fraser very funny as an actor with a small part trying to make the most of his single line. It isn’t Rattigan’s greatest work, but it’s a good night out nonetheless.

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