Monday 24 October 2016

Don't film my Hamlet warns Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has urged fans not to film his performance as Hamlet, describing it as "mortifying".

The star, who is playing the lead in the fastest-selling play in British history, said there was "nothing less enjoyable" than being on stage and seeing a "big red light" from an audience member's camera.

Cumberbatch made the plea to crowds gathered outside the Barbican after his Saturday performance, which was reportedly halted twice due to technical difficulties.

He complained that restarting the play had been made even harder by the "blindingly obvious" filming of "someone in the third row".

Cumberbatch asked fans at the stage door to put technology to "good use" and spread his message through social media, warning that future offenders would be evicted.

"I don't really use social media, but I'd really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the s*** out of this one for me," he said.

The Daily Mail's Jan Moir hailed Cumberbatch's performance as "electrifying" and gave it five stars.

But Kate Maltby in The Times was less impressed.

"Cumberbatch has all the energy Hamlet requires, sweating around the stage like an oleaginous electric eel, but there's little subtlety in this performance," she wrote.

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