"Hamlet" will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and is expected to open in August 2015. The production had been rumored to be in the works for months, with British tabloids like the Daily Mail publishing unconfirmed reports of the Cumberbatch news last fall.
Sonia Friedman, the London and Broadway theater producer, will be producing "Hamlet" in London. She recently brought to Broadway the repertory productions of "Richard III" and "Twelfth Night," starring
No other casting has been announced for the new "Hamlet." Cumberbatch, 37, joins a long list of British actors to play the prince of Denmark on stage. In recent years, that illustrious list has included
Three years ago, Cumberbatch co-starred with
Cumberbatch has acted extensively in British theater, including a 2005 production of "Hedda Gabler" at the Almeida Theatre and a 2010 production of Terence Rattigan's "After the Dance" at the National.