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Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Hamlet, First Look at Ronan Keating in London's Once & More

Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Hamlet, First Look at Ronan Keating in London's Once & More
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Cumberbatch wants his 'Hamlet' to be 'like a new play.'

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch has been opening up about his upcoming turn as the Prince of Denmark at London’s Barbican Theatre next year. The Sherlock star says that his Hamlet will be as “fresh” as possible, “like a new play that just landed as a pdf in someone’s computer inbox at the Royal Court.” Devastated that you haven’t managed to get your hands on a ticket for the already sold-out run? Never fear, according to the Daily Mail, the production will most likely be filmed through the U.K.'s National Theatre Live and shown in movie theaters. While you wait, you'll just have to content yourselves with this. You're welcome, Cumberb*tches.

Dates Announced for Olive Kitteridge, Starring Tony Winner Frances McDormand
We now have debut dates for when we can see Tony winners Frances McDormand and John Gallagher, Jr., along with Broadway vet Zoe Kazan, in Olive Kitteridge. The HBO miniseries will initially air on November 2 and November 3. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, Olive Kitteridge centers on a straight-talking woman whose harsh judgments don’t endear her to others in her small New England hometown.

Sandy Wilson Dead at 90
A spokesperson for Sandy Wilson has confirmed to Broadway.com that he died on August 27 in Taunton, England, at the age of 90. The author, composer and lyricist was best known for penning The Boy Friend; the original 1954 Broadway production starred Julie Andrews. Wilson is survived by his partner Chak Yui.

First Look at Irish Superstar Ronan Keating in Once
We now have our first image, below, of Ronan Keating (think Irish Justin Timberlake) in the West End production of Once. Trust us, there will be some very excited audience members at the Phoenix Theatre when he starts performances as Guy in the Olivier-winning musical on November 17.

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