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News Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet Screening Breaks National Theatre Record The Oct. 15 live international screening of Hamlet, starring Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, was seen by more than 225,000 people around the world, making it the largest global audience for of any title in the history of the "National Theatre Live" broadcasts.

The sold-out stage production was beamed to more than 1,400 cinema screens in 25 countries. In addition to English subtitles, the broadcast was available in Swedish or Russian subtitles. The love production runs through Oct. 31 at the Barbican Theatre Center in London.

View the trailer for William Shakespeare's classic here:

The production is directed by Lyndsey Turner, with set designs by Es Devlin and video design by Luke Halls.

Performing alongside 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), Ciarán 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). Check out the reviews of the stage version here.

For further details on the production, visit, and for further details on NT Live visit

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