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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in National Theatre Live Broadcast of Hamlet

The Oscar nominee will take on Shakespeare's play of bloody vengeance.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the National Theatre Live presentation of Hamlet.

Sonia Friedman Productions and National Theatre Live will present an international broadcast of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, starring Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, on Thursday, October 15. Tickets will go on sale March 16.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Hamlet will play a 12-week run at the Barbican Theatre in London from August 5-October 31, with an official opening set for August 25. The production will be designed by Es Devlin, with video design by Luke Halls. Further casting and details for this production will be announced at a later date.

Cumberbatch is currently an Oscar nominee for Best Actor for his leading performance in The Imitation Game. His recent National Theatre stage credits include After the Dance and Danny Boyle's production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which earned him the Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics' Circle Best Actor awards.

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