Kenneth Branagh is to direct and star in a new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version to raise money for drama school RADA.
The production will run at Riverside Studios in London from August 5 to 29.
Branagh, who is president of the drama school, will play Andrew Crocker-Harris as part of a cast made up of RADA graduates including Kemi Awoderu, Joseph Kloska, Lolita Chakrabarti, Wendy Kweh, Victor Alli and Sarah Eve.
All profits from the production will be donated to RADA in support of its Stage Critical fundraising campaign, which aims to raise £3.2 million over the next four years to help the drama school recover from the financial impact of the pandemic.
The Browning Version has set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, with lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Emma Laxton.
Branagh 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 said: “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 our 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.”
The Browning Version is produced by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.