Tuesday July 7, 2020

Off Message: I am filming you

Benedict Cumberbatch made global headlines last week over theatre-goers filming his performance of Hamlet on their mobiles. But when it comes to the audience, that’s not the worst of it.

15th August, 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican in London

I do feel for Benedict Cumberbatch. There he is, a movie star getting back to his roots as a proper thespian (he is a classical actor by training) at London’s Barbican theatre, getting a rare chance to play a massive Shakespearean role like Hamlet. He’s up there, strutting his stuff, trying to hold in his head those really long soliloquies.

And what does he see in the audience? The blinking red...

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