Duration: 220min. (20min. interval included)
Academy Awardnominee Benedict Cumberbatch(BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet.--Daily Telegraph
This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation.--Variety
One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I've ever seen, of anything, ever.--Time Out
Benedict Cumberbatch exudes charisma and intelligence.--Evening Standard
A fresh, dynamic staging with a vivid, supple performance at its heart.--Financial Times
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live 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.
What is NT Live?
‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and around the world.Our broadcasts have now been experienced by over 3.5 million people in more than 1,100 venues around the world, including 550 in the UK alone. Past National Theatre broadcasts have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Sam Mendes’ King Lear with Simon Russell Beale.Broadcasts from other theatres include The Audience with Helen Mirren from the West End, Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston from the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson from the Young Vic.
How does NT Live work?
Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.