I can see red light in the auditorium. It's mortifying, says Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch will not tolerate any distraction during his onstage performances.
Sherlock fame actor is currently performing “Hamlet” in Barbican Theatre, London. The actor was irritated when he saw red light flashing from the audience in third row, meaning someone was filming his performance.
After ending show on Saturday, Cumberbatch went outside the stage door and pleaded fans to not film his performances, describing it as mortifying.
“I can see red lights in the auditorium and it may not be any of you here that did that, but it’s blindly obvious,” he said.”It’s mortifying. And there is nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that. And 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.”
The 39-year old actor said that he does not mind photographs with fans outside, but no filming during the performance.
“It’s going to get strict from Monday. They have devices coming in which will have people detected and evicted. I don’t want that to happen.”
Cumberbatch asked the crowd gathered around to spread this message as could as possible.
“This isn’t me blaming you, this is just me asking you to just ripple it out there, in a brilliant beautiful way that you do with your funny electronic things.”
“What I really want to do is try and enlist you. I don’t use social media and I’d really appreciate if you did tweet, blog and hashtage this one for me.”
This is not the first time when an actor irretated and reacted to audience distraction. Back in 2013, James McAvoy caught a person filming his performance in Macbeth.
Hugh Jackman was performing in “A Steady Rain” in 2009. He was interrupted by a ringing mobile phone. He was fuming over the interference but asked the audience member to answer the phone.
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Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the “Hamlet” will continue from August 5 to October 31.