Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Hamlet on Stage

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Hamlet on Stage

“Sherlock” star to headline revival in London

Benedict Cumberbatch will put his own spin on William Shakespeare‘s iconic “to be or not to be” soliloquy in a new revival of “Hamlet.”

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.

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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.”

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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.

 

 

  • Philippa

    Not even a mention of Sonia Friedman who's the producer? She's a legend on Broadway and West End. A multiple Tony and Olivier award-winner. Plus, Lyndsey Turner just got nominated for an Olivier Award for Chimerica, arguably London's best reviewed play last year. Worth mentioning, that too since you're talking about Cumberbatch's Olivier. And he did achieve the “Triple Crown of London Theatre” (that Miller didn't ,as he missed out for a Critic's Choice Award that was given solely for Cumberbatch).

  • Kurtorious

    What a strange-looking chap.

    • Hiram Fibonik

      Did you know you said that out loud?

    • http://secretdraft.com SecretDraft.com

      Strange-nice-looking chap indeed ;)