Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be signing autographs during his run as Hamlet.
The actor is treading the boards as the king of Denmark in William Shakespeare’s legendary play, but fans hoping to meet their idol during his return to the stage will be disappointed.
A sign was placed on the stage door – and an email sent out to ticket holders – claiming the Sherlock star also wouldn’t be accepting deliveries of gifts.
The sign read: “Mr. Cumberbatch will not be signing autographs before or after the performance of Hamlet.
“Due to the overwhelming number of requests, Stage Door are unable to accept gifts or items for signing.
“We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and appreciate your understanding.”
There has been something of a frenzy ahead of Cumberbatch’s debut, with fans travelling thousands of miles to see him on the stage.
The fastest-selling play in British history, which is showing at the Barbican, sold out within hours and tickets are now being traded on eBay for up to £1,500.
But some desperate fans of the Sherlock and Star Trek star have camped outside the theatre in an attempt to clinch some last-minute tickets.