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Will Benedict Cumberbatch Take On the Bard in 2014?

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09/20/2013 4:07 am
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Will Benedict Cumberbatch Take On the Bard in 2014?
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Melissa LoParco

Managing Editor

CumberCollective, get ready: Benedict Cumberbatch may just try the Bard on for size in the fall of 2014. The Daily Mail has reported that Cumberbatch is in talks to play one of Shakespeare's most famous characters - Hamlet - in London next year. He would join the likes of John Simm, Ben Winshaw,  Jude Law, and David Tennant (among others) who have all played the iconic character. Daily Mail columnist, Baz Bamigboye's interest was spiked while speaking with Cumberbatch at a party  in Toronto during TIFF (he reports that Cumberbatch said he was actively looking for a stage role); he then narrowed his selection down to Hamlet knowing Cumberbatch had shown interest in the role earlier in his career.  Producer Sonia Friedman has confirmed that she is in discussions with both director Lyndsey Turner and Cumberbatch for a Hamlet production. ‘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." As we have mentioned multiple times here on PopWrapped, Cumberbatch is everywhere we turn (no complaints here). With four films due out over the course of the year, and currently filming The Imitation Game in London, it doesn't look like he is slowing down any time soon. But it would definitely be nice to see Cumberbatch take a break from the big screen to get back to theatre - especially after his phenomenal performance of Frankenstein in 2011, and having watched a recorded version at a theatre in Toronto, I can confirm that he was remarkable. Nothing is set in stone at this point in time, but be sure to keep tuning in to PopWrapped for any knew developments!


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