Sunday 23 July 2017

Is Benedict Cumberbatch heading to Enniskillen?

Star's wife Sophie Hunter to direct play for Happy Days International Beckett Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch may accompany theatre director wife Sophie Hunter to the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival this summer
Benedict Cumberbatch may accompany theatre director wife Sophie Hunter to the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival this summer

'The Imitation Game' star Benedict Cumberbatch may well be heading to Enniskillen this summer.

The Cumberbatch's new wife Sophie Hunter will direct a play for the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival which takes place over two long weekends - July 23 and August 3.

Sophie, who is pregnant with their first child, will stage Benjamin Britten's Phaedra, the composer's final work, inside the ruined Necarne Castle.

Speaking to the BBC she said she hoped to create "an intimate experience in an epic space" with the Greek tragedy.

She added, "At the heart of it is the story of a woman who has taken in poison and is dying over 15 minutes - the music mimics the effect of the poison that is coursing through her veins."

The Greek tragedy is just one of the highlights of the festival which will also see a play performed in complete darkness, a stage version of Hancock's Half Hour and the Berliner Ensemble's Waiting for Godot.

It's the fourth year of the festival and the full programme can be found here: http://happy-days-enniskillen.com/

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