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Tom Hiddleston star Kenneth Branagh production Hamlet

To many he is best known for his scene-stealing turns during his spell as Taylor Swift's boyfriend.

But it has emerged Tom Hiddleston is getting set to put his acting skills to the test in a tiny charity production of Hamlet directed by famed thespian Kenneth Branagh.

The 36-year-old is to play the grumpy Danish prince for three weeks in September at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's 180-seat theatre in London.

No holds bard: Tom Hiddleston is to star in a tiny charity production of Hamlet in London

No holds bard: Tom Hiddleston is to star in a tiny charity production of Hamlet in London

It seems the actor's appearance is something of a favour, as both he and his Thor director Kenneth are graduates of the respected drama school.

He is not the first big name to tackle the challenging Shakespearean role however, as such acting heavyweights as Mel Gibson, Sir Ian McKellan, Daniel Day-Lewis and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Keanu Reeves have all played the part. 

Tom, who attended the posh Dragon School preparatory school in Oxford, said he hopes the money raised will help the school train people from all backgrounds and, 'keep the doors open for everyone.' 

Anyone hoping to get a ticket have to enter a ballot, which is open from Tuesday until Sunday, with the lucky winners getting chosen at random.

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