Culture at the Cinema: ‘Hamlet’

If you kicked yourself for missing Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” when it was first shown at the Camana Bay Cinema, it is time to rejoice: he’s back! Due to this particular play’s overwhelming popularity, Culture at the Cinema is showing it once again for one night only on April 21.

This version of the Shakespearean tragedy was originally aired in 2015. It is a live recording of Cumberbatch’s performance, staged in the Barbican Theatre, London and has been watched by over 750,000 people worldwide since it first hit cinemas. Beyond the fact that Cumberbatch has a legion of fans who no doubt would have gone to watch him in anything, the critics praised his turn as the tortured Dane, which also boosted ticket sales.

Story

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

The play is directed by Lyndsey Turner (“Posh,” “Chimerica”) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch has worked in theatre, television, film and radio. His breakthrough on the big screen came in 2004 when he portrayed Stephen Hawking in the television movie “Hawking.” In 2010, he became a household name as Sherlock Holmes on the British television series “Sherlock.” In 2011, he appeared in two Oscar-nominated films – “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” He followed this with acclaimed roles in the science fiction film “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” the Oscar-winning drama “12 Years a Slave,” “The Fifth Estate” and “August: Osage County.” In 2014, he portrayed Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” which earned him a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Cumberbatch was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 Birthday Honors for his services to the performing arts and to charity.

Reviews

“One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever.” – Time Out

“This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation.” – Variety

“Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet.” – Daily Telegraph

 

‘Hamlet’ shows at the Camana Bay Cinema on April 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a glass of bubbly.

Only 18 and older will be admitted. See www.bigscreen.ky for more information.