Benedict Cumberbatch Begs Fans Not to Record Hamlet Performances, Says It’s ‘Mortifying’


Benedict Cumberbatch is Supreme-ly in favor of proper theatre etiquette. The actor, who will play the Sorcerer Supreme/Doctor Strange in Marvel’s upcoming movie, is currently performing in a production of Hamletin London. After his show on Saturday night, he approached fans waiting outside the Barbican to ask them not to illegally record the performances.

“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,” he said. “It’s mortifying, and there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that. And 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.”

He continued, “This isn’t me blaming you, this is just me asking you…

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