Sherlock star Martin Freeman makes his debut in Shakespeare’s classic play Richard III in London’s West End tomorrow.

The actor, who also starred in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, is playing the physically deformed, twisted monarch at London’s Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall.

Richard III is, along with Hamlet and Macbeth, considered to be one of Shakespeare’s iconic roles, a character who in the aftermath of civil war makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. But his staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new ruler finds himself utterly alone, forced to answer for his bloody deeds and face the horrifying consequences.

Martin will star alongside BAFTA winner Gina McKee, as Queen Elizabeth.

Watch Martin and the cast talk about this production of Richard III, which opens on Tuesday, July 1: