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ECU SCREENS continues its fall season with Hamlet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in East Central University’s Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet is a tragic story of vengeance and betrayal.

ECU SCREENS is collaborating with Sigma Tau Delta and The Honors Student Association to show the “dynamic” (Time Out) NT Live production of Hamlet performed at the Barbican Theatre in London. Open to the public, the screening is $5 for students and $10 for members of the community.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As Hamlet, “Benedict Cumberbatch exudes charisma and intelligence” (Evening Standard). Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica), this Hamlet is “[o]ne of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions . . . ever” according to Time Out.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Hamlet is the second of three recorded-live NT Live productions that will be presented by ECU SCREENS this fall. NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit For more information about the Royal National Theatre in London and the NT Live screenings, visit Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or


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