London: let’s spread the word – filming Benedict Cumberbatch while he’s on stage in ‘Hamlet’ is not cool.
The theatre man of the moment was forced to make a plea over the weekend for audiences to stop filming the production of ‘Hamlet’, which opened in previews last week at the Barbican.
At stage door after the show, the ‘Sherlock’ actor took a moment to talk to fans waiting for a glimpse of him. He said he had spotted the red light of a camera in the third row while he was doing one of the most famous speeches of the play, the ‘To be, or not to be’ soliloquy.
‘It’s been one hell of a week…with one damn thing after another’ said Cumberbatch. ‘But there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being onstage and experiencing that. And I can’t give you what I want to give you.’
The actor said the theatre will be bringing in devices that will detect filming and get people evicted from the auditorium.
The Hollywood star isn’t the first to have struggled with audiences not behaving themselves. In 2013 James McAvoy halted the production of ‘Macbeth’ he was starring in to tell off someone who was filming his performance. And the likes of Hugh Jackman and Kevin Spacey have scolded audience members when their phone rang during their shows.
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