This week it’s all been about Kenneth Branagh, who has announced a season of plays at the Garrick Theatre in London, featuring a cast that will include the actor and director himself (in all but one of the plays), as well as Judi Dench.
Tabard can only imagine the air kissing that will be going on. Wonderful. The season was launched last week at the Garrick, where Branagh not only enthused about the plays he has chosen for the season but also about his knack for spotting talent. He revealed how he and composer Patrick Doyle were working at the Riverside Studios many years ago, on music for a production of Twelfth Night, when a young man caught his eye.
Branagh explained: “I stopped Patrick and said, ‘We have to run now, as on just the other side of these seats is a new show, part of a Chekhov season, and it is being directed by this kid who I think we should keep an eye on.”
With that, the two scampered off to watch the Chekhov plays directed by this emerging director, who turned out to be none other than our own Sam Mendes.
Ah, Branagh. How right you were. Part director, part producer, part actor and part Mystic Meg.