Last week Benedict Cumberbatch, 39, made his first appearance in the London production of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
It was this week though that a video of the actor has gone viral. Saturday July 8th, the Sherlock actor is seen pleading with fans to turn off their camera’s during theatre performances. While he may not be the first celebrity to call out those recording live performances, he is certainly one of the most influential.
In his dapper outfit and charming accent he implored fans to spread his message/request to stop recording during performances. Being such a smooth talker it’s no surprise that he managed to deliver a reprimand while still sounding appreciative of the support and keeping the mood light. He said:
“What I really want to do is try and enlist you. I don’t use social media and I’d really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the sh*t out of this one for me.”
He was standing outside London’s Barbican Theatre during his soap box moment. He told fans:
“I can see red lights in the auditorium, and it may not be any of you here that did that, but it’s blindingly obvious. It’s mortifying, and there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that. I can’t give you what I want to give you which is a live performance that you’ll remember — hopefully in your minds and brains whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent — rather than on your phones.”
Current performances are still in the preview phase of the play. The official opening night will be August 25th and the play will run for twelve weeks. When advanced tickets were made available last August they sold out within minutes. Some tickets now for sale on secondary ticketing sites are selling for as high as £650! The hasty sales speak to Benedict’s popularity.
For those who weren’t able to get tickets to see Benedict perform live, the play will be broadcast globally on October 15th by the National Theatre Live programme. Cumberbatch showed his support for the programme by saying it is “just a great way of making the play accessible”.
So please, listen to one of our favourite enchanting Brits and turn those phones off! We’ll all be able to enjoy the play before long.
Kari100 “Benedict Cumberbatch urges fans not to take photos during Hamlet play” Youtube. 8 August 2015. Web. 10 August 2015.