Martin Freeman To Play ‘Richard III’ In London This Year

Martin Freeman: The face of our dear Watson was splashed over billboards around the world as Bilbo Baggins in the already record-breaking first film of the 'Hobbit' series. Few actors deserve mainstream exposure as much. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Martin Freeman (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Sherlock fans, if you thought the exciting news about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet in London gave you a year to save up, this might be slightly upsetting.

It seems that Martin Freeman has signed up to play Shakespeare’s villainous Richard III in a new production at Trafalgar Studios, later this year.

The play, directed by Jamie Lloyd, forms part of this year’s Trafalgar Transformed season, which last year played host to James McAvoy as Macbeth, and John Simm and Simon Russell Beale in a staging of Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse.

You can rest assured, the moment we find out that Una Stubbs is playing Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you’ll be the first to know…

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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