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Hamlet, Bendict Cumberbatch, Barbican
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How you can still buy a 'Hamlet' ticket

Lyndsey Turner’s Benedict Cumberbatch-starring production sold out instantly, a year ago. But there are still ways to get into the Barbican

By Andrzej Lukowski

Queue up for a day-seat

There are 30 £10 day-tickets available for each performance of ‘Hamlet’, which can only be bought in person from the Barbican box office on the morning of the performance (two per person max). The box office opens at 10.30am, though you'll have to get down much earlier.

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Buy a ticket from the Barbican website

Yes, all the tickets officially sold out a year ago. But the odd few do periodically resurface on the official website. They’re usually on the expensive side and you have to be flexible about dates, but if you’re serious about getting in it’s well worth checking every now and again.

Returns and late release tickets

The most nerve-wracking route: turn up an hour or two before show time and join the returns queue. The odds are something will come up, though there's no guarantee of how many, where they'll be or at what price.

Hotel packages

Many ticketing agencies – not the Barbican direct – still have a few ticket-plus-hotel packages available. Odds are that you don’t particularly want to pay extra for a hotel room you don’t actually need, but it’s cheaper than most secondary resellers and at least you’re getting something for your extra wodge.

Click here for hotel packages

Secondary resellers

Part of the reason £10 day-seats etc exist is to take the sting out of the contentious secondary reseller market. At time of writing there are tickets on Viagogo going for up to £1000, but it’s a mug’s game and participating would make the Cumberbatch a sad Cumberbatch.

If you absolutely feel you have to, click here for 'Hamlet' tickets on Viagogo


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