Tom Hiddleston to star in Branagh's Hamlet - for three weeks only

Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor

Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor

According to the Entertainment Weekly, the "Thor" star is set to star in Hamlet on the London stage, playing William Shakespeare's titular Danish prince in a new production directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hiddleston told The Stage that the role has "almost limitless possibilities for interpretation".

Hiddleston said Tuesday that he hoped money raised would help the school train theatre artists from every background, and "keep the doors open for everyone".

The production will run from 1 to 23 September at RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in London.

To get the very exclusive tickets - which cost £15 for under-25s, £45 and £95 for the rest - you must register to a ballot, which closes Sunday 6 August at 6 pm.

The production will be a collaboration by Rada and Branagh's theatre company, and will be staged in Rada's 160-seat theatre for just three weeks. He added that he and Branagh - who directed Hiddleston as Loki in the 2011 Disney-Marvel blockbuster Thor - had long discussed working on Hamlet together.

All proceeds will go towards RADA's Attenborough Campaign, which is raising £20 million to regenerate its Chenies Street site and provide RADA's first on-site accommodation for students.

The regeneration, which will also include a new library and enhanced archive, will convert the listed Drill Hall to become a flexible, 250 seat public theatre, named the Richard Attenborough Theatre.

Also in the cast are Ayesha Antoine, Lolita Chakrabarti, Nicholas Farrell, Sean Foley, Ansu Kabia, Caroline Martin, Eleanor de Rohan, Irfan Shamji and Kathryn Wilder. Successful applicants will be notified by or on 8 August and will then have 48 hours to book their tickets between 9 and 10 August.

To crack down on ticket touts, purchases will be limited to a maximum of two per person across all performances.

"To be guided through it by him as a director, an expert and a friend, is our great good fortune".

Branagh said the production would be a celebration of both Shakespeare and Rada.

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