Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most famous tales in history, and it is now being re imagined by a new production directed by Lyndsey Turner and featuring man-of-the-moment Benedict Cumber batch,
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the tragedy tells the tale of Prince Hamlet who seeks revenge on his uncle Claudius, the murderer of Hamlet’s father. As he tries to take his uncle down, his family continues to fall apart and Denmark is getting ready for war. All of this culminates into Hamlet sacrificing his own sanity for the peace of the kingdom.
Not only is Hamlet Shakespeare’s longest play but it is one of his most powerful, still being produced all around the world in various languages. Having since inspired the likes of Dickens, Joyce and Goethe, the play still resonates today’s society with its issues of power, betrayal and love.
Taking the lead title role will be Benedict Cumber batch, who is most famed for his inquisitive mind in Sherlock and has been tipped for great Oscar success in his recent portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Having also starred in hit films such as 12 Years a Slave and Star Trek: Into Darkness, he has often had his work cut out for him. Undoubtedly, however, playing the role of Hamlet is sure to be his biggest challenge yet.
Hamlet will be playing at the Barbican Centre from August 5th to October 31st 2015. Do note that tickets cannot be sent out until five weeks before the performance.
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