Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott, to be broadcast on BBC Two
Robert Icke’s production, which initially opened at the Almeida earlier this year, was welcomed with many five-star reviews praising Scott's performance and transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre where it will close on 2nd September.
However, Patrick Holland (controller, BBC Two) and Emma Cahusac (commissioning editor, Arts) have commissioned the production to be shown on BBC Two next year. Produced by John Wyver at Illuminations Television, the show will be shot live in front of an audience at the Harold Pinter during the West End run.
On commissioning the piece, Patrick Holland said: “Andrew Scott's Hamlet is utterly thrilling. His performance makes each familiar word of the play feel like it is being newly discovered. The staging in a modern-day Denmark makes for a startlingly resonant and challenging production. I am delighted that it is coming to BBC Two.”
Director Robert Icke said: “It has been a real joy to work with such a gifted and dedicated company of actors on bringing this most-famous play to audiences in 2017. The production has been on a wonderful journey from the Almeida to the West End, and I am very much looking forward to this next step on BBC Two.
“To be able to offer our version of Hamlet to as wide and diverse an audience as possible has always been of paramount importance to us, and now we are thrilled to be able to bring it to people across the country.”
In a five-star review for the West End transfer, Mark Shenton hailed the production “an instant part of theatrical folklore”. The cast of Hamlet also includes Peter Wight, Angus Wright, Jessica Brown Findlay and Derbhle Crotty.
Andrew Scott is best known for playing villain Moriaty in the BBC series Sherlock, and also appeared in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.
Hamlet Tickets are available now.