LONDON: Benedict Cumberbatch is swapping Sherlock for Shakespeare to make a return to the stage, playing Hamlet next year. The star will head the cast in a new production at the Barbican in London, which will run from August to October 2015. It will be Benedict’s first stage role since 2011 when he played Frankenstein at the National Theatre, for which he won a best actor title at the Olivier Awards - sharing the award with Jonny Lee Miller with whom he alternated roles in the play. The 12-week run of Hamlet will be directed by Lyndsey Turner, who was behind stage hits Posh and Chimerica.–BTG