2015 will find many a Cumberbitch (that’s what his fans call themselves) heading to London, because their one true leader — and one of the Internet’s favorite humans — Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play the titular character in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The 37-year-old, widely known for his work in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ recent adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle hero, Sherlock, will head to the Barbican Theatre in London next year for a run as the Danish prince from August to October 2015.
The production will be helmed by acclaimed director Lyndsey Turner, who’s recent work includes the highly acclaimed Broadway production of Machinal. Cited by Sonia Friedman Productions as “one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation,” Cumberbatch had actually already revealed the news last year, stating that he would tackle the tragedy “sometime in autumn on the London stage.”
“I don’t know if there is such a thing as a right age to play the part,” he explained to the Daily Telegraph in 2012, “but 36 or 37 seems appropriate to me… It’s a role I’ve been interested in for a long time.” Though more recently seen on screens large (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek Into Darkness) and small (Parade’s End, the aforementioned Sherlock), this is hardly the actor’s first time on the stage. Previously he appeared alongside Jonny Lee Miller — you know, that other Holmes on CBS’ Elementary — in Danny Boyle’s 2011 National Theater production of Frankenstein.
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