Fans of Sherlock will be over the moon to find out that Andrew Scott’s Hamlet will be screened on BBC2 sometime next year.
The star, who played Jim Moriarty across four series of Sherlock, plays the titular Prince of Denmark in William Shakespeare’s glorious tragedy, a much-coveted role previously taken by a vast wealth of stars including the Tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant; Simon Russell Beale (Torchwood: The Dying Room); and Scott’s Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Following a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the production, directed by Robert Icke, transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre – but this screening on nationwide TV is a special opportunity, as this version of Hamlet came to an end on 2nd September.
BBC2 controller, Patrick Holland said:
“Andrew Scott’s Hamlet is utterly thrilling. His performance makes each familiar word of the play feel like it is being newly discovered. The staging in a modern-day Denmark makes for a startlingly resonant and challenging production. I am delighted that it is coming to BBC Two.”
Scott is joined by Jessica Brown Findlay, Juliet Stevenson, Angus Wright, Barry Aird, Madeline Appiah, Joshua Higgott, Daniel Rabin, Marty Cruickshank, Calum Finlay, David Rintoul, Maanuv Thiara, Luke Thompson, Peter Wight, and Matthew Wynn. The show received rave reviews, with critics especially praising Andrew. Icke said:
“The production has been on a wonderful journey from the Almeida to the West End, and I am very much looking forward to this next step on BBC2. To be able to offer our version of Hamlet to as wide and diverse an audience as possible has always been of paramount importance to us, and now we are thrilled to be able to bring it to people across the country.”
Hamlet will screen on BBC2 in 2018, although the actual date is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on the DWC to learn more!