Producers of Hamlet remain silent on whether they will tonight bring in ‘devices’ to root out people taking photos with cameraphones after an appeal to fans by actor Benedict Cumberbatch

On Saturday, the British actor spoke to fans outside the Barbican in London, where he is set to play Hamlet until 31 October.

Cumberbatch said: ‘I don’t use social media and I would really appreciate it if you… tweet, blog, hashtag the **** out of this one for me…

‘Photographs, whatever, outside [are] fine. I can see cameras. I can see red lights in the auditorium and, it may not be any of you here that did that… but it’s blindingly obvious.’

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The actor said he could see a red light in ‘about the third row on the right’ during his most recent performance.

He added: ‘It’s mortifying and there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that and I can’t give you what I want to give you – which is a live performance that you will remember… rather than on your phones.

‘So please don’t. And it will get strict from now on. They have got devices that are coming in on Monday that will have people detected and evicted. I don’t want that to happen. That is a horrible way to police what’s a wonderful thing.’

The show is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Asked if there are plans to bring in technology to combat mobile phone photography during Hamlet performances, a spokesperson for the producers told Amateur Photographer: ‘The company are currently focusing on previews and the production has nothing to add on this matter.’

  • grungebob

    I 100% agree… leave your cameras and phones off when going to the theater. It is disrespectful to the actors on stage and to the people around you with your glowing screen. This also goes for concerts too, you can take your one photo (selfie or something) showing that your were there… but do you think anyone wants to watch your crappy video and audio ever again by holding up your camera in-front of everyone else for a whole show? No.