Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to be broadcast globally in cinemas

Thanks to National Theatre Live, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet will be screened live into cinemas around the world

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. Credit: BBC pictures

Since the Barbican‘s forthcoming production of Hamlet sold out in record time, fans of its star, Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, will be pleased to hear that the show will be broadcast live into cinemas around the world.

National Theatre Live will screen performances for those who didn’t manage to secure a ticket to see Cumberbatch play Hamlet.

This latest production of the Shakespearean tragedy became the fastest-selling event in London theatre history when tickets went on sale last August, with theatre-goers finding themselves with 30,000 users ahead of them in the online queue for tickets.

The National Theatre will broadcast Hamlet to more than 550 cinemas in the UK and internationally on October 15, two weeks before the end of the 12-week run between August and October this year. Although European countries will see the play in real-time, broadcasts in America will be delayed to keep up with time zones and cinemas in Brazil and Japan will also have screenings at a slightly later time.

Tickets will go on sale for the screenings on 16 March. Details of all screenings can be found at