3 Reasons Why Benedict Cumberbatch Is Our Favourite Hamlet Yet
One of the most talked about theatre events of 2015 year has to be Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in the highly anticipated Hamlet at The Barbican. And although the show will soon be coming to an end, London Theatreland has continued to buzz about the actor’s portrayal of the infamous role since previews first started in August. Here’s why;
1. He is fluent in Shakespearean
Benedict’s grasp of the Shakespearean language is incredibly impressive, particularly when you take into account the number of scenes he has to deliver on stage each night that Hamlet is on at The Barbican. Despite the controversy surrounding his character’s iconic ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy which was initially placed at the beginning of the play, the actor dove into the role with dedication and an undeniable talent that has kept theatregoers flocking to see him – even if it’s just outside the stage door!
2. He keeps audiences gripped – even when they’re not in the theatre
Whilst there’s no surprise as to why people have queued for hours upon hours to get their hands on a pair of tickets to watch Cumberbatch take on the role of Hamlet in the flesh, he has also played a huge part in its popularity in partnership with National Theatre Live. This saw the play broadcast live to over 550 cinemas in the UK and around the world in October.
3. He understands the power of his voice
Whether it’s simply signing autographs outside the stage door or standing up for an important cause, Cumberbatch has proved that he is dedicated to using his powerful celebrity platform for the good. Addressing audiences during the curtain call after each performance the actor urged theatregoers to make a donation in aid of the Syrian refugee crisis and Save The Children.
And let’s not forget his public appeal for cameras to be put away during theatre performances – something we’re sure his fellow actors still applaud him for.
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