Benedict Cumberbatch Sets Theater Sales RecordBy: Brian Powell - August 13, 2014
I’ll admit it. I’m a Cumberbitch. Everything Benedict Cumberbatch touches these days seems to turn to pure gold; the man can seemingly do no wrong. Like every other Cumberbitch, I was terribly excited when I heard that the Christmas special of Sherlock will be a full, feature-length episode, even though said episode is not going to air until Christmas 2015. It is this, exact, anticipatory behavior which recently led to England experiencing its most furious theater ticket sales of all time.
The Benedict Cumberbatch edition of Hamlet is set to hit the Barbican theater in England from August 5 to October 31 of next year. Despite the fact that the show doesn’t air for another year, the initial queue for tickets on Monday morning was simply astounding. As people logged in at the time the tickets became available – 10 am – they were promptly greeted with bad news. Most people learned just how many Cumberbitches there are in the world, as the queue was consistently reporting that there were 30,000+ people awaiting tickets as well.[timeout]
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— Michael Tabb (@michaeljtabb) August 13, 2014
By 5:25 pm, all 100,000 available tickets had sold out, making Cumberbatch’s Hamlet the most sought theater tickets in British history, outpacing the current best A Streetcar Named Desire, starring former X-Files actress Gillian Anderson, by four-to-one in ticket sales and besting Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run tour by 214 percent.
For fans, the wait will most likely be worthwhile. Hamlet will not be Cumberbatch’s first foray into the British theater scene. Cumberbatch has won multiple awards for his roles in theater, including his roles in Hedda Gabler (Olivier Award nomination), After the Dance, and Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (Olivier award winner), in which Cumberbatch portrayed both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation on opposite nights.
If you can’t wait over a year for your next Cumberbatch fix, you’ll next be able to catch him starring in the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, which is set to hit theaters on November 21.
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