Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the greatest stage role in the English language.
It’s been an open secret in theatre circles for some time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be teaming up with genius director Lyndsey Turner to take on Shakespeare's most tragic ponderer Hamlet, but the question was where? And when?
Well we almost have our answer now – though there were rumours Turner’s ‘Hamlet’ would be staged in an off-the-wall found space, it’s actually going to run at the Barbican next summer, running for 12 weeks between August and October 2015.
And, er, that’s all we know for now, but it’s pretty exciting: Cumberbatch was magnificent in his last two stage roles, the NT’s ‘After the Dance’ and ‘Frankenstein’, and Turner is a director of such dazzling gifts that she could probably have made the last series of ‘Sherlock’ enjoyable (just joking).
Joining Cumberbatch is Ciaran Hinds as Claudius, Sian Brooke as Ophelia and Anastasia Hille as Gertrude.
Unsurprisingly, tickets sold out straight away, but 100 £10 seats are being held back for each performance. Sixty of those are being sold in an online ticket ballot, open until Tuesday June 16 via hamlet.barbican.org.uk. Each day there will be 30 available as day seats and ten sold to charities who work with young people.