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Tuesday, 1 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Sir John Hurt is to return to the London stage in a new production of John Osborne's The Entertainer. The War Doctor will play the part of Billy Rice opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh playing Archie Rice, in the play which runs at the Garrick from 20 August to 12 November. The performance will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide, on a date to be announced.

Sir John said he was delighted to be back on the stage
I am thrilled to be invited to play Billy Rice in this production of what I believe to be one of the great plays of the twentieth century. This has been a wonderfully successful season for Ken Branagh and his company, and I feel proud and privileged to be joining them.

Meanwhile Catherine Tate opens next week in a new musical, Miss Atomic Bomb. Tate plays Myrna Ranapapadophilou in the new production set in Las Vegas in 1952, where every mushroom cloud has a silver lining and fallout is your friend. The musical runs from 7 March - 9 April 2016 at London's St James Theatre.

Those receiving accolades for past success, include Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, who is nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, in both the acclaimed Oliver Awards and the WhatsOnStage awards. The actor is nominated for his portrayal of Herbie in the Savoy Theatre production of the musical Gypsy. Also nominated from the productions is Imelda Staunton as Best Actress in a Musical.

Other Oliver nominees this year include David Haig as Best Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls, and Mark Gatiss as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Three Days in the Country.