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Benedict Cumberbatch 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.

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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.
Synopsis of Lyndsey Turner’s play “Hamlet” starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. From Sonia Friedman Productions

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After the Dance at the National Theatre Archives


For anyone who missed Benedict’s outstanding performance as David Scott-Fowler in After the Dance (which as the production sold out completely on the basis of fantastic reviews long before Sherlock aired and finished shortly after The Great Game ended was probably a fair number of people!) you can watch the production at the National Theatre Archives.

My friend and I spent the best part of 5 and a half hours there today. All the NT productions since 1995 have been recorded and can be viewed there on the Archives computers.

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