Branagh's New York stage debut comes decades after Chicago

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While acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh may only be making his New York stage debut next June — it’s nice to know the recently knighted Oscar nominee appeared on Chicago stages numerous times, dating back to the 1980s.

“Second City” indeed! Take that, Big Apple!

Branagh, along with his former wife, Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, were very involved in the former Chicago International Theater Festival, created by Our Town’s Jane Sahlins.

Now comes word that Branagh will make his New York debut playing the title role in “Macbeth” next summer — a production he also will co-direct at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, joined by ex-“ER” star and former Royal Shakespeare Company member Alex Kingston.

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