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**Congratulations go out to Graham Moore, writer for The Imitation Game. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and gave a very moving speech..
It’ll be Sherlock homebody soon as Benedict Cumberbatch reveals he can’t wait to prepare for the arrival of his first child
Benedict Cumberbatch can’t wait to prepare for the arrival of his first child – and the best role he’ll ever have, as a dad.
The Oscar-nominated star told me that he’s counting the days until the awards season is over so that he and his new wife Sophie Hunter can ‘do some nesting’.
‘I’ve been on muddy fields and on horseback playing Richard III for the BBC and I’ve been on more flights to Los Angeles and back than I can count. All of that has been special, but I’m ready to have a couple of months to ourselves to prepare for the baby and do some nesting. It’s a real-life role, not a part,’ Cumberbatch told me.
The Best Actor nominee has spent the past seven months helping to launch The Imitation Game, in which he portrays real-life war-time computer genius Alan Turing.
It garnered eight Oscar nominations, and he and co-star Keira Knightley were promoting the film right up to the polling deadline when they participated in a question-and-answer session in Beverly Hills, facilitated by the New York Times and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cumberbatch told me that he’s going to jealously guard his ‘nesting period’ with his wife because by late May he will be preparing to rehearse a production of Hamlet that begins previewing at the Barbican Theatre in London on August 5.
Although existing tickets have already sold out, producer Sonia Friedman has determined that 100 seats per performance will be made available at £10 each. Details on how to obtain these tickets will be revealed later in the spring.
The Cumberbatch Hamlet will be filmed and shown at more than 550 cinemas in the UK and beamed around the world, I can reveal, on October 15, two weeks before the run ends on October 31.
‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.
Friedman added that the NT Live initiative gives the ‘opportunity to thousands of people who are not able to see our limited run at the Barbican’.
She hopes that the October 15 broadcast will be ‘an electrifying evening’ for UK audiences watching the show ‘in real time’.
Some European countries will also see Hamlet live. However, David Sabel, head of NT Live, explained that screenings in the U.S. will be time-delayed because of the different time zones but will still be shown on October 15. It will also be broadcast in Brazil and later in Japan.
He expects the eventual global audience for Hamlet to be in the hundreds of thousands.
‘It’s a strongly anticipated production,’ Sabel noted, adding that Cumberbatch’s career had exploded in recent years, making him ‘hot’.
Sabel said that the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, which starred Cumberbatch along with Jonny Lee Miller, has been shown several times in cinemas since its first screening four years ago.
Also, the success of NT Live, which shows productions from the Donmar and the West End as well as the NT, has created more interest in going to the theatre. Coming up on NT Live is the Young Vic’s celebrated A View From The Bridge, starring Mark Strong, on March 26.
Tickets for the Hamlet NT Live broadcast will go on sale on March 16.
**Under the “little bit creepy” files…
What better way to celebrate the host of British Academy Award nominees than by immortalizing the hopefuls as giant, gold Oscar statuettes in the capital?
And we’re only a tiny bit more terrified by Rosamund Pike’s statue than we were of her Gone Girl character…
Benedict Cumberbatch attends The New York Times’ TimesTalk & TIFF In Los Angeles Presents ‘The Immitation Game’
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