Broadway Stars Join Benedict Cumberbatch's London Hamlet

News   Broadway Stars Join Benedict Cumberbatch's London Hamlet
Further casting has been announced for the forthcoming London production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. He will be joined by Ciarán Hinds as Claudius, Jim Norton as Polonius, Leo Bill as Horatio, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Laertes.

Paul Benedict
Paul Benedict

Performances begin at the Barbican Theatre Aug. 5, prior to an official opening Aug. 25, for a run through Oct. 31. The production is directed by Lyndsey Turner, with sets by Es Devlin, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, video by Luke Halls, lighting by Jane Cox, music by Jon Hopkins, sound by Chris Shutt and movement by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Cumberbatch is best known for playing the title role in BBC's "Sherlock" and his Oscar-nominated film performance as Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." Stage credits include After the Dance and Frankenstein (both at the National Theatre).

Hinds has appeared on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seafarer and Closer. He was last seen on the London stage in The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse. Other London stage credits include Machinal (National Theatre) and Assassins (Donmar Warehouse). TV credits include "Game of Thrones," "Above Suspicion" and "Jane Eyre" and film credits include "The Road to Perdition," "Munich," "Excalibur," "There Will Be Blood," "In Bruges" and" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Norton won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his performance as Richard Harkin in The Seafarer. His most recent appearance on Broadway was as Candy in Of Mice and Men. Other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian's Rainbow and The Weir. For the Atlantic Theatre his credits include Juno and the Paycock, Dublin Carol, Port Authority and the Donmar Warehouse production of The Night Alive.

Bill will be seen soon at the National Theatre in Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Other theatre credits include The Reporter, The Hothouse and Pains of Youth (all National Theatre), Posh (Royal Court and West End) and The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic). 
Brooke has been seen on the London stage at the Almeida (in Reasons to be Pretty and My City, at Hampstead Theatre (in Ecstasy and In The Club), at the Royal Court (in Wanderlust and Dying City) and at the National Theatre (in Dido, Queen of Carthage).

Hille has been seen at the National Theatre (in The Effect, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Waves, Women of Troy, Dream Play, The Oresteia and Richard III), at the Almeida (in The Master Builder and The Cenci), at the Royal Court (in Forty Winks and Ashes to Ashes) and at Shakespeare's Globe (in As You Like It and Two Gentlemen of Verona). She has appeared extensively with Cheek by Jowl and the RSC.

Holdbrook-Smith has appeared at the National Theatre in Edward II, Antigone and Death and the King's Horseman and at the Young Vic in Feast, Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Changeling.

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