Friday, May 2, 2014

Feature Friday: Buttercup Cucumber*

In the greatest casting move since Elijah Wood was cast as Frodo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Hamlet in an upcoming London stage performance during their 2014-15 season.  

From Paste:
Words, words, words.
Benedict Cumberbatch has proven he knows how to say words, with breakout performances in Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Now, the British actor will get to say the exact words above as he takes the stage at the Barbican Theatre in London as the eponymous character for its production of Hamlet...

The play will be produced by Tony winner Sonia Friedman and directed by Lyndsey Turner. It will be Cumberbatch’s first return to the stage since 2011, when he co-starred with Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein. In that drama, the two leads shared roles, each switching between the doctor and the monster on successive nights. A similar method is not expected for the Shakespeare interpretation. (Which is really too bad, as Cumberbatch would make an excellent gravedigger, and I'd love to see his interpretation of Claudius as well.)

You can find out more about the production, and the rest of the Barbican Theatre’s season, by visiting its website.


*Benedict Cumberbatch's nickname, as given by my little sister.  Other nicknames include: Benadryl Cabbagepatch, and Breadbasket Cornbeefhash.  Currently accepting other suggestions.

4 comments:

  1. That nickname made me laugh out loud. Brilliant casting! He'll be phenomenal.

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    1. Agreed! He can pull of moody indecision really well.

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  2. I love Bennybatch!! He's delicious. And have you watched "Sherlock"? If so, HOW have we not talked about how it is the best-written television show since AD?!? If not, WHY?!?!?! For the love, WHY!?!! Also, we REALLY need to go to London now.

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    1. Ooh, yes, I have seen Sherlock, but only season 1. Our Netflix free trial expired and I haven't caught up on the other seasons yet. I really liked season 1 though, and want to see the others!
      And, YES TO LONDON IMMEDIATELY.

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