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Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet tickets on public sale from 11th August 2014

Hamlet at The Barbican
Hamlet at The Barbican 2015
Photographer Tim Gutt, Poster Art Direction Shona Heath.

Lyndsey Turner’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role, will begin performances at the Barbican Theatre on 5th August 2015, with opening night on 25th August at 7.00pm.

Tickets have been on sale from 10.00am this morning and due to popular demand across many networks, as well as our own, our ticket allocation for the Barbican Hamlet 2015 has now sold out.

“We’ve been given an additional allocation of tickets by the producer to sell specifically for theatre breaks products. Unfortunately at this time we can’t sell them as ticket only due to the agreement with the producer.”

In 2015
£10 tickets: 100 seats at £10, positioned throughout the auditorium, will be available at each performance. More information will be released in 2015 from The Barbican’s Official website details here.

In addition to these public performances, The Barbican will schedule four midweek education matinees exclusively for schools and colleges. Tickets for these performances will go on sale in early 2015 via the Barbican box office. Booking details to be announced.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

The twelve week run will conclude on 31st October 2015. Set design is by Es Devlin. Further casting and details for this production will be announced at a later date. Hamlet will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

And so it begins, priority booking for Barbican members starts today 1st August 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday 11 August 2014 at 10.00am. Such is the popularity of Benedict Cumberbatch, this is one Hamlet that will be sold out and packed to the rafters.

Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.

It will be ‘interesting’ to see how this will work: At each performance there will be 100 seats at £10, positioned throughout the auditorium. These seats will be released for sale at a later date.

Sweets to the sweet.” 

In addition to regular performances, there will be four education matinees scheduled exclusively for schools, higher and further education students. These performances will go on-sale early 2015 via the Barbican, with booking details to be announced at a later date.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to revenge 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.

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently one of the greatest ticket draws. He is an international multi-award winning theatre, television and film actor. His recent stage credits, both for the National Theatre, are After the Dance and alternating both the creature and Dr Frankenstein, in Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for which he won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actor awards. Also, a critically-acclaimed television actor, he is currently best known for playing the title role in the BBC’s Sherlock. His film work includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and the role of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, with the final instalment to be released later this year. In October Cumberbatch will be seen playing Alan Turning in The Imitation Game which opens The BFI London Film Festival.

Lyndsey Turner’s directing credits include Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come! for the Donmar Warehouse, Machinal for the Roundabout Theatre, Chimerica at the Almeida and in the West End, Posh for the Royal Court and in the West End, There Is A War and Edgar and Annabel for the National Theatre, Alice and The Way Of The World for Sheffield Theatres and Our Private Life, Contractions, A Miracle for the Royal Court.

Hamlet will be presented by the Barbican and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions for an exclusive 12-week run.

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and, by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub.

Barbican Theatre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets: 1st August 2014 at 10am, priority booking opens for Barbican Red Members
4th August 2014 at 10am, priority booking opens for Barbican Orange Members
11th August 2014 at 10am, public booking opens
Dates: 5th August 2015 – 31st October 2015
Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.15pm, Saturday matinees 1.30pm

This above all: to thine own self be true.

Please be aware that the production of Hamlet and the Barbican theatre are putting measures in place to prevent touts from buying tickets online and then reselling for inflated ticket prices.

Tickets cannot be sent out until 5 weeks prior to performance. The name of the lead booker will be printed on each ticket and photo ID of the lead booker will be required to gain admission.

Ticket purchases will be limited to a maximum of six per person across all performances. If multiple purchases are made we reserve the right to cancel any bookings made. The six tickets per person applies across all websites & sales channels – eg if a customer purchases from multiple sites and the theatre directly.


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