Branagh Collection

This collection consists of material relating to the professional life and work of Sir Kenneth Branagh. It is largely made up of paper documents (many are photocopies), but also holds recordings and merchandise related to individual productions. Original items (i.e. not photocopies) are marked as such in the listing.


The holdings relating to Branagh’s films as director/writer (Henry V, Dead Again, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, In The Bleak Midwinter, Othello, Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost) contain very comprehensive press and critical reaction. For some of these productions the archive also holds detailed production information (storyboards, scripts etc.).

Physical characteristics

The archive spans 25m of shelves and fills over 30 archive boxes.

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The Branagh Collection originated in a substantial donation to Queen's University from Sir Kenneth Branagh in 2000. The original donation has been supplemented by donations from other sources, including commercial bodies (such as Naxos), charitable organizations (such as the Ulster Association of Youth Drama) and individuals (such as Mark Thornton Burnett, Sarah Hatchuel and Jude Tessel).

Added by Bronagh McCrudden | Last updated on: 23 June 2020