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Benedict Cumberbatch As Hamlet: 'Sherlock' Actor Takes Centre-Stage In New Rehearsal Photos (PICS)

15/07/2015 12:41 BST | Updated 15/07/2015 15:59 BST

Benedict Cumberbatch fans have been given a sneak peek at the actor’s latest project, a stage production of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.

The ‘Sherlock’ star is set to take on the title role this summer, and now snaps of the cast hard at work in rehearsals have been revealed.

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The play officially opens on 25 August

Benedict has been busy preparing for his stint on stage at the Barbican, which will be his first theatre role in four years.

The whole cast has a huge wealth of experience, both in TV and when it comes to treading the boards, and Siân Brooke, who has previously starred in a series of Royal Shakespeare Company productions, will play Ophelia.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' Rehearsals

The role of Claudius is being tackled by ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Ciarán Hinds, while Gertrude will be played by Anastasia Hille.

Prior to joining the ‘Hamlet’ cast, the Oscar-nominated actor was busy filming another Shakespeare project, playing Richard III for the BBC2 series ‘The Hollow Crown’.

Benedict has also been filming for the Victorian-themed Christmas episode of ‘Sherlock’.

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The actor is the latest in a long line of stars who've played the tragic hero

Tickets for the Barbican’s production of ‘Hamlet’ sold out in record time back in 2014, but eager fans can still can their hands on tickets, by buying them in person at the theatre, on the day.

The play will also be screened in cinemas up and down the country on Thursday 15 October, as part of National Theatre Live.

See full details on the cast, and how to nab tickets here.

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' Rehearsals

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