Martin Freeman to play Richard III on the London stage

The actor follows in the footsteps of his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in tackling Shakespeare in the West End later this year


We’re still getting over our excitement that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Hamlet in London next year. Now comes the news that his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman will also be tackling Shakespeare on the West End stage, starring in Richard III as part of the second Trafalgar Transformed season. 


The news was revealed by Jamie Lloyd, director of the annual series of plays, which has previously seen the likes of James McAvoy, Hayley Atwell and Matthew Horne take to the Trafalgar Studios. 

The casting was confirmed by Freeman’s partner, Amanda Abbington, who also took to the social networking site to share her reaction to the news…

Now, before you jam the phone lines, it’s not yet clear when Freeman will be performing, although Lloyd has announced to excited fans that booking details will be unveiled this morning. 

The news that Cumberbatch and Freeman are planning stints on stage in London is exciting news for British fans. Both have pursued careers in Hollywood in the years following the success of BBC1’s Sherlock, with Freeman playing the lead role in The Hobbit films and starring in the US TV remake of Fargo, while Cumberbatch has appeared in a string of high profile features including Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.

But while Freeman’s performance is likely to be in the coming year, fans will have to wait a while for Cumberbatch’s Hamlet which is scheduled to be staged at the Barbican Theatre from August to October 2015, with booking details for the play’s 12-week run due to be revealed in May.

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