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Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet: How The Preview Night Has Caused Quite A Stir

Thursday, 6th Aug 2015  

Hamlet had its first preview last night in the West End with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.

Fans queued for hours to see Cumberbatch in this classic Shakespearean play and given that tickets sold out a year ago in just one day, it’s no surprise there was an element of hysteria surrounding the opening night.

The #hamlet and #hamletbarbican hashtags started trending on Twitter, but there is one thing that seems to be overshadowing the play itself and that’s the fact that journalists have been reviewing the show on its preview night. Isn’t that what press night is for? Fans, actors and other journalists have been vocal on social media about just how unfair this really is.

Both The Times and the Daily Mail posted reviews late last night, much to the shock of others:

The Radio Times said “Benedict Cumberbatch finds laughs in unexpected places” and were also quick to post their review – but fans have shamed them too.


I think we’re all in agreement that a ‘preview’ performance is just that and should be respected as such. We live in a content consumption age where the latest news is hungered for by social media users and journalists want to be the very first to break the all-important stories. Perhaps some things should just be preserved that little bit longer.

Despite this, hats off to Benedict for a sterling performance last night and we look forward to seeing the reviews from genuine fans.  

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