Benedict Cumberbatch takes his craft seriously.
And he’s not in the least bit happy about fans filming his current performance of ‘Hamlet’ in London with phone cameras and camcorders.
So unhappy is he, in fact, that he headed to the stage door to speak to fans about it on Saturday night, pleading for them to stop doing it, denouncing it as 'mortifying’.
“Can I ask you all a huge favour?” he said to the crowd.
“This is part of it, outside, whatever, fine. But I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium. It’s blindingly obvious, it’s very, very obvious.
“We started again tonight… it’s not the easiest thing to do in a play but (it makes it) even harder. I could see a red light in the third row. It’s mortifying.”
“I can’t give you what I want to give you which is a live performance that hopefully you will remember in your minds and brains, whether it’s good bad or indifferent, rather than on your phones, so please don’t.”
He added that security is soon to be stepped up, with plans to 'evict’ anyone filming from their seats at the Barbican theatre, where the production is being staged.
“I don’t want that to happen, that’s a horrible way to police what is a wonderful thing,” he said.
He then went on to further thank fans for support, and asked them, in the absence of his own presence on social media, if they could keep doing what they’re doing.
“What I really want to do is try and enlist you. I don’t really use social media, but I’d really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the s*** out of this one for me,” he said.
“This isn’t me blaming you, this is just me asking you to just ripple it out there, in the brilliant, beautiful way that you do with your electronic things.”
Just not in the third row.
Cumberbatch stars alongside Ciarán Hinds as Claudius and Siân Brooke as Ophelia in the production, which runs until October 31.
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