Hamlet 15

BUY TICKETS 7pm Thursday 5 October

Encore broadcast of PLAY from the Barbican Theatre, recorded in 2015.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Cumberbatch admirers can take heart, his female devotees are entitled to swoon: in this trial of his acting strength, he emerges, unquestionably, victorious…he stands equal to the best modern Hamlets, makes the part his – and yes, justifies the hysteria…But – and ay, here’s the rub – he is, in truth, a blazing, five-star Hamlet trapped in a middling, three-star show…All in all, the production proves greater than the sum of its inchoate parts, delves deep enough into the guts of the tragedy despite its clever-cleverness. The ensemble effort is an undoubted binding agent but gluing it most powerfully together, so that we too are riveted, is an actor so adored they’ve come from far and wide to see him. All that wait, all that slog, hasn’t been in vain. Praise be, then, to BC.  Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   18 & under £10
Running time: 3 hrs 25 mins (approx)
Doors open: 6.30pm

BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex references
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