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Hamlet: To be or not to be?

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The award-winning British actor is set to play Shakespeare's troubled Danish prince Hamlet on the London stage in the autumn of 2014.

 

Questioned several years ago on what stage role he yearned to play, Cumberbatch instantly responded: ‘Hamlet, obviously.’

 

The actor was sipping a Grey Goose cocktail at a party held in Toronto’s Soho House following the world premiere of The Fifth Estate at the Toronto International Film Festival when he let slip to me that he was actively pursuing a return to the theatre, following his role-swapping stint at the National in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein back in 2011.

 

He wouldn’t tell me more, but after a process of elimination I hit upon Hamlet and the rumour led me, eventually, to the indefatigable producer Sonia Friedman, who confirmed that she was in ‘active discussions’ with Cumberbatch and celebrated director Lyndsey Turner.

 

Ms Turner directed Posh at the Royal Court and the current Almeida Theatre smash Chimerica, now playing to packed houses at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Pressed further, Ms Friedman added: ‘We’re in advanced discussions with Benedict Cumberbatch about playing Hamlet, and we’re at the stage of sorting out schedules concerning him and the director Lyndsey Turner. Key to those talks is West End theatre availability, or availability of a non-traditional theatre space to present the play.’

 

Cumberbatch is a hot property right now, and with good reason. His ability to deliver astute, decisive performances — demonstrated in the masterpiece that is Twelve Years A Slave, which I caught at the Telluride Film Festival; and in August: Osage County and The Fifth Estate, which I saw in Toronto — may bring him awards season attention.

 

Cumberbatch recently completed the third series of Sherlock, which BBC1 will broadcast next year. And he has just started filming The Imitation Game, in which he portrays tortured World War II computer genius Alan Turing, opposite Keira Knightley (so delightful in new movie Can A Song Save Your Life?).

 

To be, or not to be Hamlet? There seems no question that in a year’s time Cumberbatch will be uttering the sweet prince’s famous lines on a stage somewhere in London.

 


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Linda Hobbet's comment, September 20, 2013 9:44 PM
Please, please say this will be filmed and broadcast.
Sherlock Holmes's comment, September 21, 2013 11:24 AM
Linda, YES! I hope the NTL films this too!
Tee Poulson's comment, September 21, 2013 3:52 PM
One precautionary note about this - it's been published in the Daily Mail. Sadly, I don't know whether to believe it or not, but I hope there is a grain of truth in there somewhere.
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'Stay, Illusion!': Re-reading Hamlet | KQED

'Stay, Illusion!': Re-reading Hamlet | KQED | CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SHAKESPEARE | Scoop.it
In their re-reading of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' philosophy professor Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster examine the play alongside writers and philosophers such as Lacan, Freud and Melville.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 20, 2013 8:03 PM

An interesting radio interview by one of my favorite NPR hosts, broadcast yesterday. It's almost an hour long, but takes a look at Hamlet through the perspective of Karasney's guests Dr. Jamieson Webster a psychoanalyst and Dr. Simon Critchley a philosophy professor.

 

Quite worth considering by any literary reading educator and potentially of value for more academic students. 

 

The premise is that by looking at Hamlet through the filters of both physchoanalysis and philosophy we can see why the play endures as a relevant exploration of the human condition.

 

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Jo Nesbø plans 'crime noir' version of Macbeth

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Norwegian thriller writer joins authors including Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood writing fresh versions of Shakespeare (Jo Nesbø plans 'crime noir' version of Macbeth: http://t.co/uS62us3DVh...

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'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' Tours With 'Hamlet', Is Theater's Best ... - Huffington Post

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VIDEO: Blackpool brushes up its Shakespeare - Blackpool Gazette

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Blackpool Gazette VIDEO: Blackpool brushes up its Shakespeare Blackpool Gazette Hubble bubble here comes trouble as Anchorsholme Primary pupils brave Macbeth's witches - and Claremont Community Group members ask whether it's to be or not to be...
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Hamlet: Film Review - Hollywood Reporter

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Hamlet: Film Review Hollywood Reporter Far be it from this critic to complain about abridged versions of Shakespeare, but Bruce Ramsay's ruthlessly stripped-down cinematic version of Hamlet proves to have little reason for being other than as a...
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ShakespeareHelp - Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Lesson Plans, Shakespeare Quizzes

ShakespeareHelp - Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Lesson Plans, Shakespeare Quizzes | CRITICAL APPROACHES TO SHAKESPEARE | Scoop.it
ShakespeareHelp offers help to students and teachers of Shakespeare, including links to Shakespeare resources, Shakespeare quizzes, lesson plans, Shakespeare powerpoint presentations, and youtube videos.

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Esther's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:22 AM

Great site for Shaks lovers!

 

myostpille's curator insight, March 31, 4:17 PM

Great site for Shaks lovers!

 

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The Danish Prince and His Family Drama - New York Times

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Shakespeare's longest play receives a zealous edit in Bruce Ramsay's “Hamlet,” set in an upper-class, buttoned-down home in postwar London.
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Hamlet: A Love Story - New Yorker (blog)

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It's better to think about the play in terms of love and its internal contradictions.

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First video blog - Shakespeare's Hamlet MOOC - YouTube

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/shakespeare Professor Michael Dobson provides a behind the scenes insight into the team working on the new Shakespeare's Hamlet M...
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Film Review: 'Hamlet' - Variety

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Shakespeare is stripped to essentials in Bruce Ramsay's spare and streamlined “Hamlet,” a modestly inventive but curiously bloodless version of the Bard's timeless tragedy.
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