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benedict-cumberbatchBarbican Confirms Benedict

He’d already said he was doing it but the confirmation every Cumberbatch fan had been waiting for finally arrived. Benedict Cumberbatch will become Hamlet for 12 weeks next year (between the 5th August to 31st October). The play’s Producer Sonia Friedman said “I’m thrilled to be producing Hamlet with Lyndsey and Benedict, and we are all delighted that the magnificent Barbican has agreed to present the show… it is a real privilege to be working with one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation, Benedict Cumberbatch, in the title role.”

And he’s in good company because the role of Hamlet has been played by a number of big stars in recent times including David Tennant and Jude Law. This performance is bound to be in huge demand when the tickets get released, with booking dates and further information to be announced in May.

1984 On Repeat

The dystopian novel, 1984, seems to always be significant in our collective consciousness and it feels more relevant than ever with revelations of intelligence services spying on us making the news. It’s because of this that the stage performance has gained even more popularity.

After completing a run at the Almeida Theatre in London, it will transfer to the West End in April, running at London’s Playhouse Theatre until July 19th, before embarking on a second tour. The tour will open at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow on August 29th, before touring to venues including the York Theatre Royal and the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, where it runs from October 21st to 25th. The play is an adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

More dates will be announced soon.

The Review Show Is Given The Boot

After 20 years the BBC’s The Review Show has been cancelled. The decision comes after the director general of the BBC said he was going to place culture at the ‘very heart’ of the broadcasting company with an additional £2.75 million of funding.

The programme started on BBC2 in 1994 and was moved from its weekly slot to a monthly one last year where it was also put on BBC4, causing the show to lose 80% of its viewers. I for one will miss the The Review Show – as an aspiring journalist in my teens I loved watching the debates about everything from film to theatre and ballet and it’s partly thanks to the show that I became so interested in the arts. Lets hope the BBC have something just as good planned in this reshuffle.

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