Benedict Cumberbatch set to play Hamlet

Friday March 21, 2014

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to play the titular character in Hamlet as a new production at London’s Barbican Centre is set to open.

The play will begin in August 2015 and will reportedly be the centrepiece for the Barbican’s season.

The 37-year-old actor is a regular on the stage, first headlining in 2005’s revival of Hedda Gabler where he was nominated for an Olivier award.

He joined the BBC show Sherlock in 2010 and has now became a Hollywood star thanks to turns in Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years A Slave and the upcoming Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game.

However due to Benedict’s busy schedule the play was unable to run this year as hoped, as he needed to commit to 12 weeks plus six weeks rehearsal.

Producer Sonia Friedman said: "I can confirm that we are in final negotiations with the Barbican," but the Daily Mail revealed that she declined to comment further.

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