Benedict Cumberbatch has pleaded with fans to stop filming him during his Hamlet performance...

Benedict Cumberbatch is a very popular man. In fact, he’s so popular he’s had to do that cliché ‘please no photos’ celebrity thing. But being the lovely person that Benedict Cumberbatch is, he’s done it in the most lovely way- and with good reason too…

Currently starring in Lyndsey Turner’s adaptation of Hamlet at the Barbican theatre, Benedict has had to urge the copious Cumberbatch fans that have thronged to the theatre to see the 39-year-old in Shakespeare mode to not film him during the performance.

Benedict spoke to the mass that had formed outside the Barbican stage door, all hoping to catch the actor leaving after his peformance on Saturday night, and explained that he finds those filming him during the live theatre to be ‘mortifying’.

He began his soliloquy (Get it, Shakespeare fans?!) by thanking the crowd for attending the evening performance before explaining (to an ironic sea of flashing cameras)  that  he ‘can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium. It’s blindingly obvious’, adding ‘I can’t give you what I want to give you which is a live performance that hopefully you will remember in your minds and brains, rather than on your phones, so please don’t’.

In fact, during that very performance Benedict had to request they halt the show due to a member of the audience filming him disrupting his focus- he explained to the crowd ‘We started again tonight… it’s not the easiest thing to do in a play’.

And in Benedict‘s usual lovely manner, he went on to assure fans ‘this isn’t me blaming you, this is just me asking you to just ripple it out there, in the brilliant, beautiful way that you do with your electronic things’, requesting they use his speech to spread the word of this requested theatre etiquette.

So Benedict, this is us spreading the word.. turn off the snapchat, close your camera, put your phone away! Do it for the Cumberbatch

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Alice Perry