“To be, or not to be, that is the question-”
Well it appears the answer is to be, as Benedict Cumberbatch WILL be playing Shakespeare’s Danish Prince in Hamlet at London’s Barbican Centre in 2015. According to news reports, the star of Sherlock will be following in the footsteps of stars such as Jude Law and David Tennant, who incidentally played Hamlet on the very same stage back in 2009. I was lucky enough to catch that production, and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be seeing Cumberbatch as well.
When the rumour of Cumberbatch playing the iconic Shakespearean character first surfaced, it was believed that it would be staged during the Autumn season of 2014. However, due to lack of free venues and also how busy Cumberbatch is, that was highly unrealistic.
As it is, Cumberbatch will be playing a 12 week run from August 2015, so giving us all lots of time to save up. Producer Sonia Friedman said, “I can confirm that we are in final negotiations with the Barbican”. Earlier today The Barbican Centre took to Twitter directing people to the original article which is another sign that the project, set to be directed by Lyndsey Turner, is good to go.
— Barbican Centre (@BarbicanCentre) March 21, 2014
Having seen a number of productions at the Barbican, I think it will be a brilliant fit for the project. The other huge benefit to the venue is the 1,116 seating capacity, so hopefully there will be more than enough tickets to go around. I will be first in line to watch what will no doubt be an awesome show.
The role of Hamlet is seen as an acid test of an actor’s acting strength, and I have confidence that Cumberbatch will pull of an interesting and different view of the troubled Danish Prince, and that in the words of my friend and I, “he will give some good Shakespeare.”
There is no news on which lucky lady will be his Ophelia, or who will be playing the wicked Claudius. As we learn more we will of course share it with you, so please stay tuned.