The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0734 Monday, 11 March 2002
Date: Saturday, 9 Mar 2002 02:00:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Branagh Profile in Times
There's a rather good profile by Victoria Segal of Kenneth Branagh in
today's (9 March) Times, focusing on why he continues to be the man "the
critics love to hate." An excerpt:
Branagh was not entirely without blame for the lower points of his
career. He has painted himself as an outsider - his family moved from
Belfast to Reading when he was nine and he once said: "I don't think you
can take Belfast out of the boy."
He went to RADA on a government grant, worrying his parents, while his
elder brother, Bill, got a sensible job in telecoms. Thanks to the
vagaries of the class system, Britain prefers its outsiders to be
revolutionaries. Branagh, however, embraced the Establishment, joining
the RSC and befriending Judi Dench instead of performing experimental
theatre in a derelict mine.
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