If you’re thinking about taking a trip to the U.K. next year, you could do a lot worse than to be in London between August and October — but if you want to get tickets to see Benedict Cumberbatch playing arguably the greatest theatrical role of them all, in Hamlet, you’d better move quickly.
The Sherlock star begins a twelve-week run as Shakespeare’s Dane at London’s Barbican Centre on August 25 2015, concluding on October 31. Tickets, which cost between £30 ($50) and £62.50 ($105), are already on sale to members of the Barbican’s priority scheme, but will be made available to the public at large on Monday, August 11 (that’s this year, not next year!) There will also be a limited number of tickets made available for just £10 ($17) closer to the performance dates. In every case, there’s expected to be somewhat frenetic demand for tickets, despite the fact that no further details about the play — beyond Benedict’s casting and the director Lyndsey Turner — have yet been announced.
Back in 2012, Cumberbatch described Hamlet as “a role I’ve been interested in for a long time”, and the new production will mark his first time treading the boards since a stage production of Frankenstein in 2011. It’s also not his only upcoming Shakespearean role, as it was announced back in April that he’ll be playing Richard III in a TV production for the BBC; coincidentally at the same time as Martin Freeman is doing so on the London stage. Does this mean we might now see Martin taking on a televised Hamlet role as revenge…?
Find out more about Hamlet in 2015, and book tickets, at the Barbican website.
Will you be going to see Benedict on stage?