Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Benedict Cumberbatch Ambushes Judi Dench
As if we needed any more reasons to love Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star asked Tony and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench in the middle of a Shakespeare masterclass: "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" According to The Daily Telegraph, after a theatrical pause (naturally), the legend’s answer was in the affirmative. Ours would have been too, although we doubt we'd have managed the pause. Dench will play Queen Margaret in The Hollow Crown TV series opposite Cumberbatch's Richard III. As previously reported, the films will also feature 2014 Tony nominee Sophie Okonedo.
A Singular Sensation of an Evening With Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff & More
This certainly is a thrilling combination. A plethora of theater favorites including Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Martha Plimpton, Billy Porter, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez, Claybourne Elder and Krysta Rodriguez will perform in the one-night-only Public Theater annual gala One Thrilling Combination on June 23 at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Ted Sperling, this year's event will celebrate Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line.
Anna Chlumsky and More Head to Williamstown; Lauren Ambrose Withdraws
The already starry Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2014 season just got even starrier. Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Tony nominee Douglas Sills will star in Living on Love, while Jason Danieley (replacing the previously announced Howard McGillin), Christopher Newcomer, Tom Nelis, and Aaron Ramey join Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, and company in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit. Jeffrey DeMunn will be part of the cast of A Great Wilderness and The Skivvies will make the Festival's summer nights even hotter on July 27 and 28. However, although Christopher Abbott (Girls) will join Chris Pine in Fool for Love, Lauren Ambrose has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.
See Queen Members Brian May & Roger Taylor Perform at We Will Rock You's Final Performance
After 12 years at the Dominion Theatre, the rhapsody may have ended (for now at least) for We Will Rock You in the West End, but nothing was going to stop Brian May and Roger Taylor from making sure that the Queen musical had an appropriately rock and roll send off this weekend. Check out the iconic band members joining the encore of the show’s final performance below.