The “Sherlock” star will tread the boards as the melancholy and indecision prone prince of Denmark at London’s Barbican Theatre, a spokeswoman for the actor confirmed. The show will debut in August, 2015 and Lyndsey Turner (“Machinal”) will direct the production.
Cumberbatch last appeared on stage in 2011 in a Danny Boyle-directed adaptation of “Frankenstein,” alternating the roles of monster and maker with Jonny Lee Miller, and picking up an Olivier Award for his troubles. In a delicious coincidence, Miller went on to star as Sherlock Holmes in CBS’ update of the Baker Street sleuth, “Elementary.”
On screen, Cumberbatch recently lent his dulcet tones to the role of the dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and appeared in “12 Years a Slave.” He will playing Enigma code breaker Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.”
Cumberbatch’s involvement in “Hamlet” was first reported by the Daily Mail.