Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on stage in London

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The world’s most famous Cumberbatch will play perhaps history’s most famous prince in a new stage production.

Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Hamlet in a mounting of William Shakespeare’s tragedy that will play London’s Barbican Theatre in the West End for a 12-week run from August through October 2015.

Veteran producer Sonia Friedman’s shingle is behind the production, which will be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Turner recently impressed Broadway with a technically innovative revival of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

Cumberbatch last appeared on the West End stage in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein opposite Elementary star (and fellow Sherlock) Jonny Lee Miller, as directed by Danny Boyle.

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