Sherlock star Benedict portrays Danish prince

Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

The Academy Award nominated star of the television series Sherlock is to appear in the National Theatre’s production of Hamlet, which is being screened to the Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

Hamlet sees a country arm itself for war, and a family tear itself apart.

Forced to avenge his father’s death, Hamlet is paralysed by the task ahead.

Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Cumberbatch received his Oscar nomination for best actor when he appeared in the film The Imitation Game in which he played the mathematician and war hero Alan Turing. The play has been directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

The screening can be seen on Thursday and Friday, with both performances starting at 7pm.

Tickets for the screening cost between £13 and £15 and can be booked by calling the box office on 0300 300 8125.