Watch Benedict Cumberbatch urging fans not to film him during Hamlet

Those red lights can be mighty distracting

by Anna Lewis |
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Benedict Cumberbatch has been totally nailing it as Hamlet in the Barbican Centre’s production of the Shakespearian classic.

But he’s not happy.


He’s not happy about all the Cumberbitches (or Cumbercookies as they now like to be called, because cookies come in batches. Geddit?) in the audience filming him.

So he spoke to fans outside the Barbican before his most recent performance and pleaded with them to not take photos or film him while he’s on stage.

Starting off by thanking fans for their support, the actor quickly drew attention to the mass of cameras and phones in front of him and said he would like to "enlist" their help to spread a message for him.

He then described the "mortifying" distraction of red blinking lights and cameras - saying from his position it's "blindingly obvious".

He said: "There's nothing that's less enjoyable or supportive as an actor on stage experiencing that [the cameras]."

Benedict added that the Barbican is installing devices today that can detect those using photographic equipment and that those who do so will be evicted. Which would be pretty embarrassing.

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 s**t out of this."

"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."

***Hamlet runs at the Barbican until 31 October. ***

Listen to his full speech here:* *

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