Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in 'Hamlet' on U.K. Stage

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LONDON – Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play one of Shakespeare's most iconic characters in a new version of Hamlet.

The Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness actor will star in the Bard's classic tragedy at the Barbican Theater in London from August to October 2015.

Lyndsey Turner will direct the play for Sonia Friedman Productions.

Friedman said she was "thrilled" to be producing the show, describing its star as "one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation."

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Best known for his role in BBC One's updated Sherlock Holmes series, Cumberbatch's recent big screen outings include 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County, while he also lent his voice talents to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Cumberbatch last hit the British stage in the National Theatre's 2011 production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, in which he alternated in the roles of Frankenstein and his Monster with Jonny Lee Miller. The two leads shared best actor honors for the production at the 2012 Olivier Awards.

Cumberbatch will play the Danish prince, following in some famous footsteps, among them Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Mel GibsonKenneth Branagh, Jude Law and David Tennant.

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