International encores from 15 Nov, 2016
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by William Shakespeare

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

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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


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

'It's a great way of making the play accessible'
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For a limited time only, National Theatre Live’s Encore Series brings a selection of award-winning British theatre productions to your local cinema.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the original 2015 broadcast was experienced by over half a million people worldwide.

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.  


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