Andrew Scott to play Hamlet on the London stage

The Irish actor will follow in the footsteps of his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch

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Step aside Sherlock, Moriarty wants your crown: Andrew Scott’s set to follow in the footsteps of his co-star, taking on the role of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark.

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Cumberbatch played Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre last year and now Scott will portray the troubled Danish monarch in waiting at London’s Almeida Theatre.

The production, set to run in Spring 2017, will also star Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, and be directed by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke (1984, Mr Burns, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia).

The show opens in February 2017 with further casting and performance dates to be announced later in the year.

And if you’re itching to get your hands on tickets you’ll have to wait a while. They’re not on sale until this September.

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You can always catch Ralph Fiennes in Richard III while you’re waiting.