In August 2015 and for 12 weeks only Hamlet will be staged at Barbican Theatre, London, as part of the ‘Celebrating Shakespeare’ season 2014/2015. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) Benedict Cumberbatch will play the danish prince Hamlet.
Further information on the production and casting will be announced in due time.
Tickets are now sold out. More information about the 100 tickets sold for 10Pounds for each performance will be available early next year on hamlet.barbican.org.uk
Producer Sonia Friedman about the upcoming production:
“I’m thrilled to be producing Hamlet with Lyndsey and Benedict and we are all delighted that the magnificent Barbican has agreed to present the show. Having recently produced Lyndsey’s extraordinary production of Chimerica in the West End, It is so great to be working with her again and it is a real privilege to be working with one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation, Benedict Cumberbatch, in the title role.”
What is happening in Hamlet:
Denmark. One night the ghost of Hamlets father, former King of Denmark, appears and informs him that Claudius, his brother, has poisened him in his sleep. Right before it disappears the ghost commands Hamlet to seek revenge. Hamlet, although driven by rage, still hesitates to carry out the act and enters into a deep melancholy and even apparent madness.
Claudius, now King of Denmark, and his wife Gertrude, Hamlet’s widowed mother, are worried and employ two of Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to watch the prince. But Hamlet has other plans and uses a group of traveling actors to reenact the murder of his father and to challenge his uncle. Claudius sees through the plans and sends Hamlet on a risky mission to England in the hope that the prince won’t return.
However, contrary to his expectations Hamlet returns home …
Image source: Barbican.org.uk