NTLive Presents: Hamlet

His thespian’s journey from Holmes to Hamlet seems just right, if still satisfyingly audacious for British super-actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the intense, empathetic and hyper-literate popularizer of smart, dark anti-heroes on film and television and in radio and live theater: Sherlock, Khan, Julian Assange, Alan Turing, Richard III, both Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Thanks to Arts Orange County and the Irvine Barclay, his British National Theater starring role this week as the Prince of Denmark screens in a movie theater nearer to you than London’s Barbican Centre, where Cumberbatch’s performance offers, we’re told, a politically complex, self-aware re-imagining of the play about the struggles of an existentialist superhero. Some piece of work, this man.

Tue., Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2015

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