The BBC is bringing some more critically acclaimed theatre to the small screen. BBC Two has announced plans to broadcast the West End production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock), which recently transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited season following a sell-out run at the Almeida this year.
“Andrew Scott’s Hamlet is utterly thrilling. His performance makes each familiar word of the play feel like it is being newly discovered”, BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland said in a statement. “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.” The BBC broadcast – which is eyed for 2018 – was commissioned by Holland and Arts Commissioning Editor Emma Cahusac and is produced by John Wyver at Illuminations Television.
In addition to Scott, the cast includes Angus Wright, Jessica Brown Findlay, Juliet Stevenson, Barry Aird, Madeline Appiah, Marty Cruickshank, Calum Finlay, Joshua Higgott, Daniel Rabin, David Rintoul, Maanuv Thiara, Luke Thompson, Peter Wight and Matthew Wynn. Hamlet is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida; with designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Tal Yarden.
“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”, added director Robert Icke. “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.”