By Tom Eames
Wednesday, Mar 26 2014, 6:18am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to play Hamlet on stage next year.
The Sherlock star will appear in a new production of William Shakespeare's play at London's Barbican Theatre from August to October 2015.
It was previously reported that the play had been delayed from this year to 2015 due to Cumberbatch's schedule, but it had not been officially announced until now.
Lyndsey Turner has also been confirmed as directing the play for Sonia Friedman Productions.
Friedman said that she is "thrilled" to be producing the play, adding that Cumberbatch is "one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation".
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