Irish star Ciaran Hinds set join Benedict Cumberbatch in hotly anticipated Hamlet
Irish actor Ciaran Hinds is set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in one of the most anticipated plays of all time.
The Sherlock star is taking on the lead role in Shakespeare's Hamlet, which will begin previews at the Barbican Theatre in London in August.
Ciaran will play the villain of the piece, King Claudius, who obtained the throne of Denmark by murdering his own brother with poison and then marrying the late king's widow.
"It's very exciting, it's a big project. We're doing it for three months and Benedict (pictured) is such an extraordinary, brilliant, intelligent, dynamic actor," he told the Herald.
"It's an intense play, I picked up the first page and went 'what's going on?' and then it meanders all over the place - it's almost like a philosophical, esoteric experience if you get it right.
"It's not one straight-through narrative, he's going all over the place with his mind."
Ciaran (62) is known for his previous stage work in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and has appeared in TV hits like Game of Thrones.
"My favourite thing about being on stage is there are moments that happen in that shared experience - those moments of deep silence in the theatre is what we aim for," he said.
This star-studded production is the fastest-selling ticket in London theatre history with advance seats selling out in minutes last summer.