The Barbican has released the first images of its production of Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner’s and starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role.

Fans of the Sherlock actor may be disappointed that Cumberbatch doesn’t appear in the posters, but instead a powerful image of children dressed up as characters of the play, which adds an exciting element of mystery and intrigue to the upcoming performance, which begins on 5th August 2015.

Tickets for William Shakespeare’s tragedy go on sale today for Barbican members, and on sale on 11th August for the rest of the public. There will also be 100 tickets at £10 for each performance (it runs until 31st October 2015).  Along with the discounted tickets, there will be four education matinees for schools and colleges, which go on sale early 2015.

While we know that Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the lead, the rest of the casting will be released at a later date. The actor who is well-known for this movie and TV roles, particularly Sherlock,  has also received critical acclaim for his theatre performances, most notably for alternating between the creature and Dr Frankenstein, in Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for which he won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actor awards.  His film work includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and the role of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, with the final instalment to be released later this year.  In October, Cumberbatch will be seen playing Alan Turning in The Imitation Game which opens The BFI London Film Festival.

Lyndsey Turner’s directing credits include Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come! for the Donmar Warehouse, and Posh at the Royal Court.

Hamlet is on from 5th August – 31st October 2015, tickets go on sale for the general public on 11th August 2014.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at The Barbican

Barbican Theatre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS; 020 7638 8891; hamlet-barbican.com


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