If the hungover, early few days of January are too much to bear, now might be the time to plan out some events. Here, in no particular order, are several things to be excited about this coming year. Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Hamlet this summer.
LONDON — 2015 is already shaping up to be an epic year, judging by the raft of new films, TV shows, cultural and sporting events, and tech releases on the way.
Cumberbatch was awesome in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein a few years back, and given his reputation, it’s no surprise that tickets for his stint as Hamlet at the Barbican from Aug. 5 to Oct. 31 were the fastest-selling in London theatre history. One hundred seats for each performance will go on sale for £10 each on the day. Tickets that were booked beforehand costed £30 to £62.50 each.
The Pulitzer-winning playwright was born 100 years ago in October, and there are numerous productions marking the occasion. The Royal Shakespeare Company is putting on Death of a Salesman in Stratford-upon-Avon in March, while Talawa Theatre Company is touring All My Sons from February, and A View from the Bridge opens at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre the same month.
The 2014-15 FIA Formula E season is the first year of a new FIA championship for electrically powered cars, which began last September in Beijing and finishes on June 27 in London. It also stopped off at Miami, Monte Carlo and Buenos Aires, among other places.
The UK is firmly on the travel map next year, thanks to several of events and milestones. A new Magna Carta trail will mark 800 years since its signing, while the Isle of Skye will see increased visitor numbers due to its role in the new Macbeth movie. The Eurostar is also reportedly starting new direct services from London to Marseille, France, beginning in May.
The Foo Fighters hit Wembley this summer, while Muse is getting ready for a European festival tour and potentially the release of its seventh album. The Chemical Brothers, The Libertines and Florence and the Machine are all back in action, while Lionel Richie takes the Sunday afternoon “legends” slot at Glastonbury. Read more…