Michael Sheen has confirmed his position as one of Britain's most talented actors by delivering an extraordinary performance on the opening night of Hamlet.
The Welshman took the title role in a new production of the Shakespeare tragedy - set in a mental asylum - at London's Young Vic.
The actor received a standing ovation for his emotionally intense interpretation of the iconic play, in a production that saw moments of dark comedy in his descent into madness.
Stars including Michael's actress girlfriend Rachel McAdams, model Lily Cole, Mighty Boosh actor Julian Barratt, Take That singer Jason Orange and his partner Catherine Tate were among the audience at the south London theatre.
Julian said: "I thought it was tremendous. I really loved where it was set and liked the moments of black humour."
Jason also commented on Michael's performance saying he "loved it" adding "it was brilliant."
Michael has previously won critical acclaim for his portrayal of former prime minister Tony Blair, interviewer David Frost and football manager Brian Clough.
The play, to run until January 21 2012, sold out soon after tickets went on sale.
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