By Mark Shenton
26 Mar 2014
Hamlet, which will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by the Barbican, will run for a 12-week season August-October 2015, with further information and booking details to be announced in May 2014. It will be directed by Lyndsey Turner, recently represented on Broadway by Machinal at the American Airlines Theatre and in the West End by Chimerica.
In a press statement, Friedman commented, "I’m thrilled to be producing Hamlet with Lyndsey and Benedict and we are all delighted that the magnificent Barbican has agreed to present the show. Having recently produced Lyndsey’s extraordinary production of Chimerica in the West End, I am delighted to be working with her again and it is so great to be working with one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation, Benedict Cumberbatch, in the title role."
Other Shakespeare productions that will play the Barbican include the previously announced transfers of the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon productions of Henry IV Parts I and II starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, under the direction of Gregory Doran, and Russian director Dmitry Krymov's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It), presented in association with the RSC and originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.
For further details, contact the box office on 0845 120 7511 or visit www.barbican.org.uk.