Benedict Cumberbatch ‘screams expletive on stage’ during Hamlet before begging fans not to record him

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet in the production of Hamlet at the Barbican centre
Benedict Cumberbatch screams expletive on stage during Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch shouted ‘f**k!’ during his performance in Hamlet on Saturday.

The Sherlock actor stunned the audience at London’s Barbican theatre when he swore after losing concentration when a carpet jammed in a door on stage.

However the star’s patience was already tested midway through his recital ofShakespeare’s infamous ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy – in which a dejected Prince Hamlet contemplates death and suicide – when an accompanying audio track failed and he was forced to restart the speech from the beginning.

After the performance, the 39-year-old actor felt compelled to vent his frustrations to fans outside the theatre , and also asked them to resist filming or taking pictures during the performances in future as he found it distracting.

He said: “It’s been a hell of a week – one damn thing after another.

“The play’s the thing. Not your mobile phone. I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium. We started again tonight. I can see a red light in the third row on the right, it’s mortifying.

SplashBenedict Cumberbatch seen here leaving The Barbican theatre in London after his first night playing Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch screamed an expletive on stage during Hamlet after a carpet-related mishap

“There’s nothing less supportive for me to be on stage experiencing that, and I can’t give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance you will remember.”

Benedict insisted he wasn’t ‘blaming’ fans, but wanted them to pass on the message to others planning to attend the production.

He added: “This isn’t me blaming you, this is me asking you to ripple it out there.”


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