HAMLET by Shakespeare,

The Western Carolina University Bardo Center’s Sunday Cinema Series will present “Hamlet” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of the Shakespeare tragedy.

This is a pre-recorded, encore screening from the National Theatre in London, presented in high definition on the Performance Hall’s big screen.

Now seen by more than 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 National Theatre Live broadcast is returning to cinemas.

Here is its description: “As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.”

Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the play features lavish staging and dynamic costumes. It has received high praise from critics with publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Variety.

The showing at the Bardo Center will run for 3 hours and 20 minutes, plus a 20-minute intermission. This screening is more concise than most productions of “Hamlet,” which can be four hours or longer.

This is the fifth screening in the new Bardo Center Sunday Cinema Series featuring encore performances from the National Theatre in London and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Crowds are transported to world-famous venues and see critically acclaimed actors and productions.

WCU’s Fine Art Museum will be open one hour beforehand, and concessions will available for purchase and can be taken in the Performance Hall to enjoy during the screening.

To purchase tickets for “Hamlet,” or for more information, visit arts.wcu.edu/hamlet or call 227-ARTS.

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