National Theatre Live in “early talks” to bring Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to cinemas

After tickets sold out in record time, there are already plans to bring the Sherlock star's Shakespeare production to a wider audience...


Did you spend a frustrated day at your computer a couple of weeks ago, desperately trying to land Hamlet tickets to no avail? Well, don’t give up hope of seeing Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Prince of Denmark just yet…


News has emerged today that National Theatre Live is in “early talks” to bring the eagerly anticipated production to screens across the country when the 12-week run begins at the Barbican next year. 

While details such as dates or venues are still thin on the ground, the plans will no doubt delight scores of Cumber-fans who failed to bag a ticket to the coveted show which begins on 5 August and runs until 31 October. 

Tickets to Hamlet were first made available to the general public on 11 August with 30,000 fans already queueing online by 10am, the time of release. The venue’s three-month run had sold out by 5:25pm, making the production the most in-demand theatre show of all time, according to ticket website Viagogo.


One hundred tickets per performance have been reserved and will go on sale for a mere £10 each at some point in the new year. Demand for the reduced tickets is certain to be high, but it looks like disappointed fans will still get a chance to see their man on stage from the comfort of a cinema seat.