Martin Freeman to take on Richard III

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman is set to take on his first Shakespearean theatre role in Richard Iii in London this summer (14). The actor will play the English king in the Bard’s play at the Trafalgar Studios theatre in the U.K. capital’s West End.
The production will begin in July (14) and run through to September (14) and marks the return of theatre director Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season, which featured James McAvoy tackling Macbeth last year (13).
The casting comes after Freeman’s Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, recently announced he will star in Hamlet at London’s Barbican venue in 2015.