Ciaran Hinds in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre
Northern Irish Actor Playing Claudius Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet from August 2015
Last year one of the biggest announcements concerning London theatre productions was related to the latest staging of Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. Set to open in August it is the latest in a long line of productions based upon the William Shakespeare play and on this occasion it is set to be directed by Lyndsey Turner. However, it is the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role that will undoubtedly have audiences flocking to the venue in the summer.
Now more names have been added alongside the Sherlock star, with Ciarán Hinds set to play Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius, with other performers including Leo Bill, Anastasia Hille, Sian Brooke, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Jim Norton.
Hamlet, of course, is the classic story of the Prince Of Denmark, who is visited by the ghost of his father, the King. Hamlet, unaware of his father’s death, returns home to confront his father’s killer – his Uncle Claudius – in this tragic tale of blood-soaked revenge.
Penned during the transition from the 16th to 17th century, Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous stories and is regularly staged in the capital. Recent years have seen well known names like Jude Law and David Tennant step into the role and it continues to be a big draw upon its arrival on the stage.
Ciaran Hinds has appeared in a wealth of screen roles, from the big screen to the small, and also made a big impression in numerous stage productions around the UK and on the other side of the Atlantic. Those that have picked up theatre tickets to his previous work will recognise him from Juno and the Paycock and Burnt By The Sun at the National Theatre, whilst his film work has included There Will Be Blood, Road To Perdition and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, to name but a few.
Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch is well known for Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness and the recent The Imitation Game, amongst many others.
Audiences will be able to catch Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre from Wednesday 5th August 2015.