Tom Hiddleston and Sir Kenneth Branagh team up for Hamlet

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Tom Hiddleston is to follow in the footsteps of his good friend Benedict Cumberbatch and play Hamlet on the London stage.

The 36-year-old British actor will take the stage in the William Shakespeare play to raise funds for his and Branagh's alma mater, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, according to the Telegraph.

"Hamlet presents nearly limitless possibilities for interpretation".

It promises to be the summer's hottest ticket, and RADA's tiny Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre is going to great lengths to ensure the run is not hijacked by touts.

Branagh's theater company will partner with RADA to launch a three-week run of Hamlet beginning September 1.

A ballot for tickets is set to open at midday today, August 1, and will close at 6pm on Sunday, August 6. He added that he and Branagh - who directed Hiddleston as Loki in the 2011 Disney-Marvel blockbuster Thor - had long discussed working on Hamlet together. "This production celebrates both".


Edward Kemp, Director of RADA, said: "We're thrilled that Kenneth Branagh returns to RADA to work with graduates of the Academy in support of our capital campaign". It's hoping to provide RADA with its first on-site accommodation for students.

The full cast for the production also includes Ayesha Antoine (Rosencrantz/Bernarda), Lolita Chakrabarti (Queen Gertrude), Eleanor de Rohan (Guildastern / Marcella / Priest), Nicholas Farrell (King Claudius), Sean Foley (Polonius / Osric), Ansu Kabia (King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger), Caroline Martin (Horatia), Irfan Shamji (Laertes / Player Queen) and Kathryn Wilder (Ophelia).

Ticket winners will be selected at random with successful entrants able to purchase a maximum of two.

To prevent the risk of a black market, people will only be able to collect their tickets up to an hour before the show with documentation to prove who they are. "We need to keep the doors open for everyone".

He will play the lead role, under Kenneth Branagh's direction. "To find its expression at, with, and for RADA, is a privilege".

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