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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to play Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in London next year (2015).

The 37-year-old actor will take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy from August to October 2015. Booking details for the run will be announced in May.

Lyndsey Turner will direct the production for Sonia Friedman Productions.

The role marks the fulfiment of a long-held ambition for the Sherlock star, who told The Daily Telegraph in 2012 that it was something he had been interested in doing for a long time. In the same interview, he said he felt that playing it at the age of 36 or 37 “seems appropriate to me”.

Friedman herself said she was “thrilled” to be producing the show, describing Cumberbatch as “one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation”.

Aside from Sherlock, Cumberbatch has recently been seen playing the main villain in the most recent Star Trek film Into Darkness as well as being part of the ensemble of Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave. He also leant his voice to the dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

He’s no stranger to theatre, either, having last been seen in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, in which he shared the roles of Frankenstein and his Monster with Jonny Lee Miller.

Hamlet director Turner was widely praised for her direction of Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica.