If you’re a male actor, and you have any sort of ego – heck if you’re a female actor – you will want to do the title role of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ by the time you’re 40-ish. It’s been an open secret in theatre circles for some time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be teaming up with the genius director Lyndsey Turner to take on the Bard’s great Dane, but the question was where? And when?
Well we almost have our answer now – though there were rumours Turner’s ‘Hamlet’ would be staged in an off-the-wall found space, it’s actually going to run at the Barbican next summer, running for 12 weeks between August and October 2015.
And, er, that’s all we know for now, but it’s pretty exciting: Cumberbatch was magnificent in his last two stage roles, the NT’s ‘After the Dance’ and ‘Frankenstein’, and Turner is a director of such dazzling gifts that she could probably have made the last series of ‘Sherlock’ enjoyable. There’s a persistent rumour that Gary Oldman might play Claudius, but his name hasn’t been mentioned – more details will apparently be revealed next month, including exact dates and when the tickets go on sale.
For more info as and when it’s announced, keep your eyes on barbican.org.uk.