British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the critically acclaimed series about detective Sherlock Holmes, is returning to the stage in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" next year, London's Barbican Theater said.

Cumberbatch will star in the Barbican's production of "Hamlet," which opens in August 2015 and will be directed by Lyndsey Turner, who worked on the big hit "Chimerica."

The actor appeared in Danny Boyle's 2011 production of "Frankenstein" at the National Theater and won the Olivier Prize for best actor.

Tickets for the Barbican's "Hamlet" are expected to go on sale in May.

Cumberbatch rose to fame in 2004 with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC's "Hawking."

The star of "Sherlock" has appeared in a number of hit films, including "12 Years a Slave," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Star Trek."

He also played journalist Julian Assange in "The Fith Estate" (2013) and has appeared in numerous Royal National Theater productions.

"Sherlock" just wrapped up its third season last month and Cumberbatch confirmed that he would return for season four. EFE