John Simm to star as Hamlet

December 12th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Jude Law London, Dec 12 (ANI): British actor John Simm is set to star as Hamlet in a new production of the Shakespearean play.

Simm, 39, is following in the footsteps of David Tennant and Jude Law as the latest high profile actor to play the Danish prince.

The play will open at the Sheffield Crucible in September 2010, following a 15.3million pound redevelopment of the theatre.

The production will reunite Simms with Sheffield’s associate director Paul Miller, with whom he has previously collaborated.

Daniel Evans, the theatre’s artistic director, said it was “very exciting” to have Simm on board.

“When a major actor like John comes along, who people know for his brilliant TV work, it is a privilege to make it happen,” the BBC quoted Evans as saying.

“Paul and John have this brilliant long-standing relationship and he knew immediately that who his ideal Hamlet would be.

“It is potentially a very scary role, but it has become one of those roles that every major actor leaps through. It can be a test of your mettle,” he added.

Simm is currently appearing in ‘Speaking In Tongues’ in London’s West End. (ANI)

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