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17/04/2015 05:19 BST | Updated 17/04/2015 05:59 BST

Kenneth Branagh Announces West End Return With Year-Long Run At Garrick Theatre, Starring Judi Dench And Lily James

Sir Kenneth Branagh is to make his dramatic return to London’s West End, with a year-long residency planned at the Garrick theatre for his new theatre company.

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The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company will kick off its run with a production of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ in October, which will star the celebrated British actor alongside Dame Judi Dench.

Later in the residency, the company will perform William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, with former ‘Downton Abbey’ actress Lily James starring opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Richard Madden in the play’s titular roles.

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