Hamlet opens at the Barbican Centre

H2Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds and Anastasia Hille has now had its press night at the Barbican Centre.

You can read our review of the production here. We’ve also added a round up of the critics reviews to the site.

Hamlet is now performing at the Barbican until 31 October 2015. The production is sold out but 30 £10 day tickets are made available to buy in person to every performance. Also check the website daily for returns.

Black Mass posters and stills added to site

BMPosterPosters and images of Benedict Cumberbatch in Black Mass have been added to the site.

Benedict plays Bill Bulger, brother of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp). Black Mass is released in the US in September and will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Hamlet begins previews at the Barbican

HamletThornsHamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role has began previews at the Barbican Centre. It’s been quite the initial week for the production which has had to weather an unprecedented media frenzy (which saw papers break theatre etiquette by reviewing the first preview), an unexpected cast illness and technical hitches. Benedict also had to implore fans not to record the show after witnessing someone recording during his opening speech.

The show is attracting fans from all over the globe who are thrilled at the prospect of seeing Benedict and fans have been camping overnight in the hope of securing one of the 30 £10 day seats that are available.

We’ve been lucky enough to see the play (although we’ll review at a more appropriate time) and it’s a bold, breathtaking, sumptuously designed production which is by turn hugely witty and profoundly moving.

Official production photos from the show have been released and can be found in our gallery. You can also buy merchandise on-line from the Barbican shop.

Sherlock Funko Pop! Vinyls to be released

FunkoIt was announced today that Funko will be adding Sherlock to its hugely popular range of Pop! Vinyls. The range includes two Sherlocks (one with a violin), Mycroft Holmes (plus brolly), Jim Moriarty with IOU Apple, John Watson and Irene Adler. Hopefully this will be the first release in a range of figures. After all we need Greg Lestrade, Molly Hooper, Mary and Mrs Hudson. The possible variants are also endless – Sherlock in his dressing gown, John and his moustache, Moriarty and his crown – not to mention Victorian versions for the special!

You can preorder the range at Zavvi, Forbidden Planet International, Entertainment Earth and Toy Wars to name a few.

In other news Black Mass starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Benedict Cumberbatch as his brother will be getting its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Following that it will also be shown at the Toronto Film Festival.

Hamlet Rehearsal Photos released

rehearsalNew photos showing Benedict Cumberbatch in rehearsals for Hamlet have been released. You can view them all in our gallery.

Benedict stars as Hamlet at the Barbican Centre from 5 August to 31 October 2015. The play will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and co-stars Ciaran Hinds as Claudius.

Tickets are sold out but do check the Barbican website for returns. 30 day tickets costing £10 are also available in person from the box office for each performance.

First Clip from the Sherlock Special released

The BBC have released the first clip from the Sherlock special which is set in the Victorian era. The clip features Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson. It also features the welcome return of fan favourite Archie! The very funny clip (“I’m barely in the dog one…“) hints at great things to come. Steven Moffat also confirmed at the Sherlock panel at SDCC that the special is to be released in select cinemas worldwide.

Watch the clip below:

New Sherlock Special Image

shspeshThe BBC have released a new image from the Sherlock special starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The special (rumoured to be airing at Christmas) sees Sherlock and John in Victorian times. The image has been added to our Sherlock special gallery . Sherlock have a panel at SDCC today (featuring series co-creator and writer Steven Moffat, executive producer Sue Vertue and star Rupert Graves (Lestrade).

The trip will also be appearing in a panel for Nerd HQ as part of their Conversations for a Cause series. This will be streamed live worldwide via the Nerd HQ app and IGN’s website. The panel starts at 10:00 am (PDT) (Approximately 6pm UK) on Friday.

In different news Van Gogh: Painted with Words is getting a rare UK dvd release. Benedict starred in this BBC drama as Vincent Van Gogh. The dvd is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

Benedict Cumberbatch honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Benedict has been awarded his CBE for services to the performing arts and to charity.

Also honoured were Chiwetel Ejiofor (CBE), Eddie Redmayne (OBE) and Sherlock co-creator and writer Steven Moffat (OBE).

Congratulations Commander Cumberbatch!

Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Doctor Strange and Cumberbatch film season at the Barbican

Flaunt-ThumbDeadline reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian) has joined Doctor Strange as possible chief villain Baron Mordo. Chiwetel joins Benedict Cumberbatch (who stars as Doctor Stephen Strange) in the film which is set to begin principal photography later this year. Chiwetel and Benedict previously worked together on 12 Years a Slave for which Chiwetel was Oscar nominated. Tilda Swinton is also reportedly set to appear as The Ancient One. The film is due to be released in the US on 4 November 2016.

To tie in with Hamlet (which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role) the Barbican will be screening a season of films starring Benedict Cumberbatch. These include recent Hollywood hits Star Trek Into Darkness and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as well as rare screenings of Hawking and Stuart:A Life Backwards which also stars Tom Hardy. The Barbican will also be screening the entire of Parade’s End (in which Benedict starred as Christopher Tietjens opposite Rebecca Hall as Sylvia in Sir Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels) and will be screening the cliffhangers to all 3 Sherlock series (The Great Game, The Reichenbach Fall and His Last Vow) in a single sitting. Tickets are on sale from 12 June at 10:00 a.m.

Hamlet £10 Ticket Ballot Now Open

HamletThe ballot for £10 tickets to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Centre is now open.

Anyone who wants £10 tickets can apply from now until 16 June. On 16 June (10 am) the ballot will close and winners will be notified on 19 June 2015. You can book 2 £10 tickets in total. A £3 transaction fee applies and it is one application per household. If you were lucky enough to buy your full allocation of tickets for Hamlet previously (6 tickets were permitted per membership) you may not enter the ballot.

60 tickets for every performance will be available to be pre-booked through the ballot. A further 30 day seats will be available to every performance. These will be available on the day and will require anyone wanting to purchase them to queue. The final 10 seats for each show will be sold to charities.

Do also keep an eye on the production site where a handful of tickets may be released in the future.