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Michael Sheen's date with Hamlet approaches

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:59 UK time, Thursday, 27 October 2011

Tomorrow, Friday 28 October, sees Welsh actor Michael Sheen take on the role of one of Shakespeare's most famous protagonists, Hamlet.

Sheen will step into the shoes of the Prince of Denmark at the Young Vic Theatre in London in one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year.

It sees a return to the stage for Sheen for the first time in five years; his last role was that of David Frost in Frost/Nixon before it was adapted for the silver screen.

Since then his star has been very much in the ascendency, with movie roles in the film adaptation of Frost/Nixon, The Damned United, The Special Relationship, Beautiful Boy, TRON: Legacy and Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris.

He was also integral to National Theatre Wales' production Passion, a three day production that brought the traditional passion play to a modern audience. Staged in Port Talbot over the Easter bank holiday weekend, the spectacle drew thousands of spectators to the town. Sheen was the creative director of the project and also played the lead role in the successful drama.

Sheen can also be seen in the forthcoming film Resistance, based on the novel by Welsh author Owen Sheers, which is released on 25 November.

Michael Sheen plays Hamlet at the Young Vic from 28 October to 21 January 2012. A limited number of day seats will be available to buy in person for each performance from 11 November onwards.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos taken during rehearsals, and visit www.youngvic.org for more info on the production.

Michael Sheen in rehearsal at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

Michael Sheen in rehearsals at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

Michael Sheen (Hamlet), Eileen Walsh (Rosencrantz) and Adeel Akhtar (Guildenstern) in rehearsal at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

Michael Sheen (Hamlet), Eileen Walsh (Rosencrantz) and Adeel Akhtar (Guildenstern) in rehearsals at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

Michael Sheen in rehearsal at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

Michael Sheen in rehearsals at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1. Photo: Simon Annand

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