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Benedict Cumberbatch will star in 'Richard III' for the BBC

The actor is also starring in a theater production of 'Hamlet' in 2015.

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Benedict Cumberbatch will portray both Hamlet and Richard III in productions.

“Sherlock” actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on another famous Shakespeare role.

It had previously been announced that Cumberbatch will play the title role in a production of “Hamlet” that will be mounted at the Barbican Centre in London which will begin in August 2015. Now, Cumberbatch will also be playing the title role in “Richard III” for a production that will air on BBC Two.

“Richard” will be directed by Dominic Cooke, who served as the artistic director for the Royal Court Theatre, at which Cumberbatch appeared in the play “The City” in 2008.

“I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life,” Cumberbatch said in a statement.

Cumberbatch won an Olivier Award in 2012 for his work in the play "Frankenstein."

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