Let’s together celebrate World Theatre Day March 27, 2019! On this occasion we invite you to an extraordinary transmission of London Barbican Theatre’s “Hamlet” as it was recorded October 15, 2015.
Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “The Imitation Game,” Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” transmitted to the cinemas as part of NT Live) plays the title role in this great Shakespearean tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the performance was transmitted live from Barbican Theatre to cinemas all over Europe and beyond October 15, 2015. Shakespeare’s masterpiece has became the fastest-selling title in the history of the London theatre. All tickets were sold out before the sitzprobes began. Only in the Great Britain the transmission were seen by the viewers in 550 cinemas. The performance is directed by Lyndsey Lurner—who cooperated with West End, the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway’s theatres, and the set designer is Es Devlin, who worked at the Metropolitan Opera (“Otello” in 2015).
The staging bring the Hamlet’s story into modern times to underline that it is still up-to-date. It also places importance on the threads of politics and espionage. 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.