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‘Sherlock’ Cumberbatch takes on Shakespeare

By now, most everyone knows the name Benedict Cumberbatch. Having gained fame by reinventing the character of Sherlock Holmes (in the "Masterpiece Theatre" series "Sherlock"), Cumberbatch has gone on to make a number of big-screen appearances — even as the superhero Doctor Strange.

He has never lost his taste for the stage, though, which is how he came to be cast in a National Theatre Live's production of "Hamlet," which will screen at 7 p.m. Monday at two area Regal Cinemas locations, Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium.

This is a re-broadcast of an event originally shown on March 8.

Reviewing the New York stage production of "Hamlet," New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote, "In the big dialogue scenes, you’re conscious of Mr. Cumberbatch riding Shakespeare’s rushing words like a surfboard, as if saving his interior energy for the monologues. In those, he is superb, meticulously tracing lines of thought into revelations that stun, elate, exasperate and sadden him. There’s not a single soliloquy that doesn’t shed fresh insight into how Hamlet thinks."

From Sherlock to Shakespeare. What a journey for a talented actor.