Movie and TV star Tom Hiddleston — adored as Loki and praised for The Night Manager — is no newbie to the stage. The classically trained actor starred in West End productions like Cymbeline, Ivanov, and Othello, even winning a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play based on his performance in 2007’s Cymbeline.
And now he’s making his return to theater, taking on the title role in William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet — a production set to raise money for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), the prestigious London drama school that Hiddleston himself attended.
But here’s the rub. The play will run for THREE WEEKS ONLY (September 1-23 this year), and tickets for the short-lived production, that’ll take place in London’s 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh, will be distributed by a lottery system that opens today and will run online through August 6.
Ack, those aren’t the best odds, but worth giving it a shot! Can sort out flights and lodging once the “golden ticket” is in hand.
Hiddleston will be reuniting with his Thor director, Kenneth Branagh, who, coincidentally took on the role of Hamlet in the film adaptation in 1996. This time around, though, Branagh is set to direct.
If you need a little refresher on Prince Hamlet’s story, he is summoned home to Denmark when learning of his father’s untimely death. Upon arrival, his mother, the Queen, has already remarried, which is definitely a mind boggle for the young Prince. His father’s ghost appears, confirming what Hamlet suspected, that the King was murdered. Even so, Hamlet is left unsure what to believe. He stages a reenactment — a play within a play — which depicts the alleged murder, with the plan to out the guilty party.
Hiddleston looks forward to returning to his ol’ RADA stomping grounds: “I can’t wait to explore them [the possibilities], with this great cast… Kenneth Branagh and I have long talked about working on the play together, and now felt like the right time, at the right place.”
Branagh chimed in, too, paying tribute to his friend and soon-to-be Hamlet star: “The play speaks as loudly as ever to our volatile world and we are proud to have Tom Hiddleston lead an exciting group of actors, as he plays the title role for the first time.”
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