Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican Theatre
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the London stage in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, at the Barbican Theatre.
Star of Sherlock, Star Trek and 12 Years a Slave, Benedict Cumberbatch will play Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 2015 at the Barbican Theatre in London.
Running from 5 August to 31 October 2015, this new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy will be directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Posh) at the Barbican Theatre.
Produced by Sonia Friedman, with set design is by Es Devlin, Hamlet promises to be one of the biggest and most high-profile productions of 2015.
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Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain, Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Siân Brooke (Ophelia), Nigel Carrington (Servant, Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern), Colin Haigh (Priest, Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen, Messenger), Anastasia Hille (Gertrude), Ciarán Hinds (Claudius), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Laertes), Karl Johnson (Ghost of Hamlet’s father), Jim Norton (Polonius), Amaka Okafor (Official), Dan Parr (Barnardo), Jan Shepherd (Courtier), Morag Siller (Voltemand), Matthew Steer (Rosencrantz), Sergo Vares (Fortinbras) and Dwane Walcott (Marcellus).
Benedict Cumberbatch is an international multi-award winning theatre, television and film actor. His recent stage credits, both for the National Theatre, are After the Dance and alternating both the creature and Dr Frankenstein, in Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for which he won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actor awards. Also, a critically-acclaimed television actor, he is currently best known for playing the title role in the BBC’s Sherlock. His film work includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and the role of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, with the final instalment to be released later this year. In October Cumberbatch will be seen playing Alan Turning in The Imitation Game which opens The BFI London Film Festival.
★★★★ “he certainly lives up to the billing” Daily Mail
★★★★ “a bold production to those who know Shakespeare’s play well” The Stage
★★★ “The actor commands the stage with a whirling energy” The Independent
★★ “Cumberbatch has a gift” The Guardian
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