Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as Shakespeare’s Hamlet in August 2015.
The Sherlock and STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS star will play the procrastinating Danish Prince in a twelve week run at the Barbican Theatre, London.
Cumberbatch is no stranger to weighty theatrical roles. He made his West End début in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in 2005 and he starred, perhaps most memorably, in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein for the National Theatre, where he alternated the role of creator and creature each night with Johnny Lee Miller.
It’s good to see so many British film and TV actors making the jump to theatre. Jude Law’s recent Henry V was an all round success, and while David Tennant has been treading the boards for years, his recent leading Shakespearean roles for the RSC’s Hamlet and Richard II were hugely popular.
I predict the combination of Cumberbatch, in the height of Sherlock fame, and one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies will result in vicious and frenzied ticket-buying hysteria. In fact, it might even rival the recent craziness in trying to get a seat to see the Young Vic’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson this summer (those X-Files fans sure are zealous).
Booking commences in May 2014. Be ready…you have been warned.