Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch to be screened live to cinemas in October

3. HAMLETBenedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in Lyndsey Turner’s production ofWilliam Shakespeare’s Hamlet, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by the Barbican.  Today, 20 February 2015, it is announced that Hamletwill be broadcast to cinemas around the world on Thursday 15 October 2015 as part of National Theatre Live  

The National Theatre’s ground-breaking project, NT Live, broadcasts plays live from the stage to over 550 cinemas in the UK and over 44 countries internationally.  Tickets for the Hamlet NT LIVE will go on sale on 16 March 2015.  Details of all screenings can be found at ntlive.com

With set designs by Es Devlin and video design by Luke Halls, Hamlet begins its 12-week run at the Barbican Theatre on 5 August 2015, with opening night on 25 August at 7pm.  The twelve week limited run will conclude on 31 October 2015.  The run of Hamlet is currently sold out; however, details of how to purchase the 100 tickets at £10 for each performance will be announced late spring. In addition, from time to time, small numbers of tickets may be returned for advance sale online.Further casting and details for this production will be announced at a later date.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 


Photographer Tim Gutt, Poster Art Direction Shona Heath.