By BAZ BAMIGBOYE
PUBLISHED: 18:03 EST, 3 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:25 EST, 3 April 2014
Sherlock and Hobbit star Martin Freeman will play his first Shakespearean role, Richard III, on the London stage this summer.
The actor has made a pact with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock to his Dr Watson) about treading the boards in plays by the Bard.
Cumberbatch will give his Hamlet at the Barbican — as this page was first to report — in August of 2015.
However, Freeman’s Machiavellian monarch will be in rehearsal by late May or early June of this year, and in performance by July.
Richard III will run through till September.
Freeman will be leading the first play in the second season for Jamie Lloyd Productions, which performs under the Trafalgar Transformed banner at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall.
Lloyd set up his company with Howard Panter and the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Tickets for Richard III, the first of four plays in the new season, are expected to go on sale in the next seven to ten days.
Director Lloyd is still casting other roles for Richard III.
Freeman was last on stage at the Royal Court in Bruce Norris’s powerful play Clybourne Park. His career has taken off like a rocket since the success of The Office and Sherlock on BBC television.
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