by William Shakespeare

from Sonia Friedman Productions

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Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

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.



Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) is a West End and Broadway production company responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York. Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 160 new productions and together they have won a staggering 48 Olivier Awards, 24 Tonys and 2 BAFTAs. Find out more.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet.

Daily Telegraph

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I've ever seen, of anything, ever.

Time Out

Click here to view our behind-the-scenes gallery from the camera rehearsal of the original 2015 broadcast.

Sian Brooke in Hamlet 

Anastasia Hille and Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

Ciarán Hinds in Hamlet

This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas for a new generation.


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