Cell phones causing trouble during Cumberbatch’s ‘Hamlet’

Benedict Cumberbatch has begun performances in "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in London's West End. (PHOTO: National Theatre)
Benedict Cumberbatch has begun performances in “Hamlet” at the Barbican Centre in London’s West End. (PHOTO: Barbican Centre )

Patti LuPone has a vocal ally in Benedict Cumberbatch, currently starring in the title role in the West End production of “Hamlet,” who pleaded with fans to turn off their cell phones during performances of Shakespeare’s drama at the Barbican Centre.

“I can see cameras, 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, like that one there, that little red light,” the NYTimes reported  Cumberbatch said to theatergoers who crowded around the stage door during the first days of a limited engagement in London. Its  12-week run ends Oct. 31 and tickets sold out in about seven hours.

Earlier that night he stopped then resumed the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy because saw a “little red light” near the third row during the performance.

In early July, LuPone, who plays a super diva in “Shows for Days,” Douglas Carter Beane‘s new comedy at Lincoln Center, snatched a cell phone out of the hands of a woman in the first row. It was returned to her after the show. This followed the ringing of four cellphones during a previous performance a few days earlier.

“Hamlet” is one of the hottest theater tickets in the world (sorry “Hamilton”) with people traveling from Australia, Japan and the USA just to see the man known for,  among other things,  his “Sherlock” TV series, for which he  received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Cumberbatch has received numerous awards and nominations for acting including two Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning Best Actor in a Play for “Frankenstein,” at the National Theatre.

And his “Hamlet” probably will bring lots of people to the theater who aren’t regular ticket buyers. And that’s a good thing. But come on. Don’t they know that cell phones — whether they are ringing, beeping, whistling or on camera mode — are a huge no-no? Guess not.

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