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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet in London

26th March 2014

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Cumberpeople rejoice – your favourite man is about to hit the London stage, playing none other than tortured prince and the Bard’s most famous creation, Hamlet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be commandeering the Barbican Centre’s stage between August and October 2015, in a 12-week run of Hamlet that will be directed by Lyndsey Turner.

It’s the first time Cumberbatch has taken on Shakespeare since 2002, when he played the role of Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet.  

He’s wanted to play Shakespeare’s most famous eponymous creation “for a long time”, according to an interview with The Telegraph in 2012.

We can't wait to see how he interprets one of the English language's most well-known hero/anti-heroes.

The Barbican only seats 1,160, and tickets will go on sale in May. We think they might fly off the virtual shelves faster than a certain Matt Smith in American Psycho. 


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