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National Theatre: Hamlet comes to cinemas in 4K

A special performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be captured and presented in Sony 4K at Vue cinemas across the UK. Captured in 4K at the Barbican Theatre by Sony, NT Live and partners will be able to give a smooth, realistic reproduction of the on-stage action in 4K to Vue audiences.

National Theatre: Hamlet comes to cinemas in 4K

Shakespearean tragedy marks Event Cinema landmark

In a groundbreaking partnership with NT Live and Vue International, the acclaimed stage production of Hamlet marks the third National Theatre play to be recorded for exclusive screening to Vue patrons in Sony 4K. This autumn’s sell-out stage production will bring Vue customers even closer to the atmosphere of being at the original performance.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the hotly anticipated staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy stars Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. With the Sherlock star at the helm, it’s no surprise the Shakespearian classic is London’s fastest-selling theatre production ever – with many queuing for hours to get a ticket.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Captured using Sony F-Series 4K cameras. With four times the resolution of ordinary 2K projection 4K creates the best picture quality you’ll see in any cinema. Shot with four times the detail of Full HD and mastered as a 4K DCP for exclusive projection in Sony 4K to audiences across Vue’s 84-site estate.

“This eagerly-awaited production has been the fastest-selling show in London theatre’s history”, says National Theatre Live Producer Emma Keith. “It’s wonderful that we have the opportunity to future-proof Hamlet in 4K, giving the widest possible audience a chance to experience this landmark production.”

“At Sony we understand the power of connecting viewers with wonderful emotional experiences”, David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas. “It’s a great privilege to be closely involved with partners of the calibre of NT Live and Vue Entertainment in creating something very special for audiences.”

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