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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to play Richard III in a new BBC production.

The latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s play is to be directed by Dominic Cooke (of National Theatre Live fame) and has been written by Ben Power.

It forms part of a series of plays called The Hollow Crown, which previously included Richard II and Henry V.

Cooke will also direct a two-part production of Henry VI, which will also be shown on BBC2.

Commenting on the challenge of playing such an iconic character, Cumberbatch said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Production’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s History plays.”

Cumberbatch’s casting marks his second recent decision to take on a Shakespearean character. The Sherlock actor will also play the title character in Hamlet for a Lyndsey Turner-directed adaptation of the play set to be staged in London in August 2014. Find out more

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