Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet in London stage

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is all set to play the role Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s great tragedy of the same title in London’s Barbican Theatre in summer 2015, it was announced Wednesday.

This is the 37-year-old star’s return to the stage after almost three years, when he played the lead role in Danny Boyle’s 2011 production of “Frankenstein” at the National Theatre.

Producer Sonia friedman said in a statement that she is “thrilled to produce ‘Hamlet’” and finds it “a real privilege to be working with one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation,” referring to Cumberbatch.

No stranger to Shakespearean plays, Cumberbatch has previously played supporting parts in “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “As You Like It” and “Romeo and Juliet” staged at Regent’s Park open Air Theatre.

The multi-awarded actor joins the line of actors who previously played the role of the tragic Danish prince on the stage including Michael Sheen, Jude Law, David Tennant, Ben Whishaw and Samuel West.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, “Hamlet” will be staged from August 5 until October 31, 2015. Further information will be announced this May.

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