Not keen to travel to London to watch Benedict Cumberbatch perform some classic Shakespeare? Alas, poor Yorick, you’ll have to settle for your local movie theater.
The upcoming West End production of Hamlet—starring cheekbone exemplar Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role—will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on Thursday, Oct. 15 (with dates varying and encore screenings to follow). It’s not just convenient for fans to catch the play in movie theaters; the Barbican Theatre has already sold out its allocation of tickets for the run.
Cumberbatch begins his 12-week engagement at the Barbican from Aug. 5 through Oct. 31, under the direction of Lyndsey Turner. Further casting will be announced.
The broadcast event is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and National Theatre Live, which is in its sixth year of bringing live performances to movie theaters. Helen Mirren’s Phedre marked the first event in 2009. Upcoming broadcasts include Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman, Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman, as well as encores of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd’s Of Mice and Men and Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy’s Skylight (which they’ll reprise on Broadway this April).