Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to be screened live in Barbican cinemas

To see or not to see: that is the question…

If you failed to bag a ticket to see Benedict Cumberbatch performing Hamlet on stage later this year, take heart: you may still be able to see him on the big screen. 


Due to “unprecedented demand”, The Barbican are screening National Theatre Live’s production of Hamlet in their three cinemas as well as their theatre, giving fans the chance to watch the sold-out show live. Tickets will go on sale to Barbican members on Monday 16th at 9.30am at £16, while tickets will be available to non-members on Tuesday 17th at the same time, but at £17. 

When tickets for the theatre production went on sale last August, The Barbican sold their entire allocation of tickets in just over seven hours. More than 30,000 fans were already queuing online when the box office opened.  

Cumberbatch will play the title role in Lyndsey Turner’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which will begin performances on 5th August 2015, with opening night on 25th August at 7pm. (Yes, we know that’s not Cumberbatch above – the promotional pictures show the characters as children. Either that or he’s been using too much anti-ageing cream.)

The famous tragedy, in which the Prince of Denmark rages against war, family and existential demons, will have a 12-week limited run, concluding on 31st October 2015.

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