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Benedict Cumberbatch to star as Hamlet in NT-Live broadcast

As well as filming with the BBC on a ‘Hollow Crown’ version of Richard III, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to star as Hamlet in a National Theatre

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III for BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III for BBC

production of the play. This will be broadcast at cinemas around the UK on  October 15th, with tickets on sale on 16th March – put that date in your diary!!!. For those of you outside the UK, expect an announcement of broadcast dates in your country soon.

To whet your appetite, here’s some text from NT-Live’s  press release:

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh,Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge 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.

If you live outside the UK, check NT-Live’s Find a Venue page to find a cinema near you, and what’s playing. It may be some time before Hamlet dates are finalised outside UK.

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