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The Barbican's Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch - ticket sales announced

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LYNDSEY Turner’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role, will run at the Barbican Theatre for a limited 12-week season – from August 25 (previews from August 5) to October 31, 2015.

Tickets go on public sale on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10am, with priority booking for Barbican members beginning today (August 1, 2014).

At each performance there will be 100 seats at £10, positioned throughout the auditorium. These seats will be released for sale at a later date. In addition to regular performances, there will be four education matinees scheduled exclusively for schools, higher and further education students. These performances will go on sale in early 2015 via the Barbican, with booking details announced at a later date.

Hamlet finds a country arming itself for war while a family tears itself apart. Forced to revenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Benedict Cumberbatch is an international multi award-winning theatre, television and film actor. His recent stage credits, both for the National Theatre, are After the Dance and alternating the roles of the creature and Dr Frankenstein in Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for which he won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actor awards.

Also a critically-acclaimed television actor, he is currently best known for playing the title role in the BBC’s Sherlock. His film work includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and the role of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, with the final instalment to be released later this year.

In October, Cumberbatch will be seen playing Alan Turning in The Imitation Game which opens The BFI London Film Festival.

Lyndsey Turner’s directing credits include Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar Warehouse), Machinal (Roundabout Theatre), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre/West End), Posh (Royal Court/West End), There Is A War and Edgar and Annabel (National Theatre), Alice and The Way Of The World (Sheffield Theatres) and Our Private Life, Contractions and A Miracle (Royal Court).

Presented by the Barbican and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Hamlet will have set design by Es Devlin. Further casting and details for the production will be announced at a later date.

NB: August 1, 2014 at 10am, priority booking opens for Barbican Red Members; August 4, 2014 at 10am, priority booking opens for Barbican Orange Members. Public booking opens at 10am on August 11, 2014.

Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.15pm, Saturday matinees at 1.30pm.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7638 8891 or visit www.hamlet-barbican.com/.