Benedict Cumberbatch has requested his fans not to film his stage performance of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'
Benedict Cumberbatch has requested his fans not to film his stage performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’
The 39-year-old Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s playing the iconic character in a 12-week run at the Barbican theatre in London, came out after the show and said the “cameras and red lights” were “blinding” and “mortifying,” the BBC reported.
In the video clip, which was shot post-performance, Benedict Cumberbatch is seen saying, “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.”
However, Benedict Cumberbatch said that fans were free to take pictures of him outside of the auditorium, and would be glad if they “tweet, blog, and hashtag this,” since he wasn’t much of a social media person.
Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the list of actors who have criticised fans for using mobile phones during a performance, which includes James McAvoy and Kevin Spacey.