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VIDEO: Benedict Cumberbatch Urges Fans to Not Record HAMLET Performances

Benedict Cumberbatch has chimed in on the ongoing theatre ettiquette conversation from across the pond.

Following a recent performance, the HAMLET star addressed the audience directly. "I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium," he told the crowd at the London stage door. "It's mortifying and there's nothing less supportive." Watch his full speech below!

Performances at the Barbican Theatre commenced this week on 5 August with opening night on 25 August at 7pm with critics previews from Thursday 20 August.

Hamlet is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by the Barbican for an exclusive 12-week run, concluding 31 October 2015. Set designs are by Es Devlin with costume designs byKatrina Lindsay, video by Luke Halls, lighting by Jane Cox,music by Jon Hopkins, sound byChristopher Shutt, movement by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and fights by Bret Yount.

Sonia Friedman Productions, in partnership with Sky Arts, has allocated 100 tickets at £10 for every public performance of the production. These tickets are spread throughout the auditorium totalling over 9,000 tickets during the run. In addition to the regular performances, four education matinees have been scheduled exclusively for school and university groups (aged 14+ and in full-time education only). For these performances there will be 100 tickets priced at £10, 300 at £25 and the remainder at £35.

For ongoing ticket availability please check the Barbican website at

Hamlet will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on Thursday 15 October 2015 as part of National Theatre Live - the National Theatre's ground-breaking project which broadcasts plays live from the stage to over 550 cinemas in the UK and over 44 countries internationally. Details of all screenings, including Encore performances, can be found at

Joining Cumberbatch are Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain, Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Siân Brooke (Ophelia),Nigel Carrington (Servant, Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern),Colin Haigh (Priest, Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen, Messenger), Anastasia Hille(Gertrude), Ciarán Hinds (Claudius),Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Laertes), Karl Johnson (Ghost of Hamlet's father), Jim Norton (Polonius), Amaka Okafor (Official), Dan Parr (Barnardo), Jan Shepherd (Courtier), Morag Siller (Voltemand),Matthew Steer (Rosencrantz), Sergo Vares (Fortinbras) and Dwane Walcott (Marcellus).

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