Ciarán Hinds and Jim Norton Will Join Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

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A group of award-winning actors have been cast in the Barbican Theatre's production of Hamlet, starring stage and screen star Benedict Cumberbatch, in London.

Paul Benedict
Paul Benedict

Shakespeare's tragedy will begin performances Aug. 5 and continue through Oct. 31. Lyndsey Turner will direct.

Joining Cumberbatch are Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain, Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Siân Brooke (Ophelia), Nigel Carrington (Servant, Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern), Colin Haigh (Priest, Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen, Messenger), Anastasia Hille (Gertrude), Ciaran Hinds (Claudius),  Kobna Holdbrook-Smith(Laertes), Karl Johnson (Ghost of Hamlet’s father), Jim Norton (Polonius), Amaka Okafor (Official), Dan Parr (Barnardo), Jan Shepherd (Courtier), Morag Siller (Voltemand), Matthew Steer (Rosencrantz), Sergo Vares (Fortinbras) and Dwane Walcott (Marcellus).

Here's how the production is billed: "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."

The majority of tickets are priced between £30 and £62.50, before booking fees, with a limited number of premium seats also available. The production will sell 100 seats per performance priced at £10.

More than 33,000 people were waiting in the online queue when tickets were released in 2014. An Olivier Award winner, Cumberbatch's stage credits include the National Theatre's 2011 production of Frankenstein and 50 Years on Stage. He will co-star with Judi Dench in Richard III.

Cumberbatch stars in the TV show "Sherlock," and his film credits include "The Imitation Game," for which he received an Academy Award nomination, "August: Osage County," "The Fifth Estate" and "12 Years a Slave."

National Theatre Live will broadcast Hamlet to cinemas worldwide Oct. 15.

Visit hamlet.barbican.org.uk for more information.

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