(1) Benedict Cumberbatch will play William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre from August 5, 2015 to October 31, 2015. It is expected bookings will be open in May 2014.

The play is directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. Benedict Cumberbatch’s many London theatre credits include Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ at the Olivier, NT in 2011; ‘After the Dance’ at the Lyttelton, NT; ‘The City’ at the Royal Court in 2008;’ Oh What a Lovely War’ and ‘As You Like It’ at the Open Air Regent’s Park in 2002; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ at the Open Air Regent’s Park in 2001.

His TV credits include his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama, ‘Hawking’ in 2004; TV adaptation of ‘Small Island’ in 2009. However it is his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series ‘Sherlock’ that he is best known. His film credits include ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, ’12 Years a Slave’, and film version of ‘War Horse.’

(2) The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will present a ‘relaxed performance’ of ‘Matilda The Musical’ on June 15, 2014 at the Cambridge Theatre. The National Autistic Society is working closely with RSC to offer full access to the theatre for people with learning disabilities and autism.

The performance will provide a relaxed environment, with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress, along with adjusted lighting and sound levels. It builds on a programme of relaxed performance which RSC has been running in Stratford-upon-Avon since 2013.