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First pics have appeared of Michael Sheen and the rest of the Young Vic's Hamlet cast in rehearsal. Looks like Sheen is going for a dishevelled look for the Dane - unless he's just making the most of the rehearsal period and is planning a cut and brush up before opening night.

It'll be interesting to see how the dynamics of the play work with a female Horatio and Guildenstern. I like the idea of gender swapping roles - have very fond memories of a version of Hamlet at the Theatre Clwyd with a man playing Gertrude.

I'm also really keen to see what Vinette Robinson does with the role of Ophelia. Loved her performance in Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm at the Southwark Playhouse earlier this year.

There have been some cracking productions of Hamlet in recent years Ian Rickson and Sheen have got a big rabbit to pull out of the hat and my curiosity levels are reaching Everest heights. Monday can't come soon enough.