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Tom Hiddleston's next Shakespeare role: some speculation and wishful thinking

Ntlive_template-large_0Catching up with BBC Radio 4's Front Row podcast this week there was an interview with Tom Hiddleston in which he was asked about whether, having already played the likes of Coriolanus, Prince Hal and Henry V whether there were any other Shakespeare characters he'd like to take on.

His answer was:

"I do have my eyes on'll find out very soon, I think."

Now if that doesn't give us an excuse for excitement and speculation then I don't know what would. We can't assume stage, although that it what I'm keeping my fingers crossed for but who will he play?

He can tick off history and Roman tragedy from the canon. Obviously there is a Hamlet sized hole in his CV but is theatreland ready for another big starry Hamlet hot on the heels of Benedict Cumberbatch and with Andrew Scott is playing the Dane early next year at the Almeida? It's an obvious choice - a bit obvious and predictable - but my second thought was a comedy: I could see him playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.

I've subsequently done a bit of Googling and found this interview with Kenneth Branagh from 2014 in which he hints that he'd love to direct Tom in Much Ado. Ken's theatre production company currently has a residency at the Garrick, so there is that.

Poly suggested he could play Ariel to Simon Russell Beale's Prospero - just think about that for a moment, wouldn't that be delicious? But then came up with some more serious suggestions: Macbeth or Julius Caesar. Is Julius Caesar too similar to Coriolanus? Macbeth I could certainly see - on stage rather than screen as it's not that long since Michael Fassbender took on the role on the silver screen.

Anyone got any other inspired suggestions or even slightly tongue in cheek ones? @VampireSoup has already suggested Beatrice in Much Ado which would be a hoot.

If you want to listen to the entire interview with Tom which was broadcast on May 6, the podcast is available via the iPlayer.

Related reading:

Review: Tom Hiddleston takes a shower in Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse

Hollow Crown Henry IV preview screening review

Henry IV post screening Q&A

Behind the scenes vid of Tom preparing for Coriolanus

Coriolanus NT Live trailer

Video interview of Tom and director Josie Rourke talking about Coriolanus

Tom reading a scene from Twelfth Night with Helena Bonham Carter (audio)

I saw Tom in both Othello and Ivanov which were pre-Loki fame. I wrote only short reviews of both in which he didn't get a mention sadly.