The forthcoming production of Hamlet at the Barbican Centre starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Dane has sold out its entire run a year in advance. Tickets went on general sale today, having been on sale to members for a week, and sold out within 7 hours. Such was the demand for tickets that over 35,000 were queuing on-line to get their hands on what is clearly the hottest ticket in town. The scramble for tickets lead the Telegraph to dub it “the most in demand theatrical production of all time” with ticker re-seller Viagogo noting that the production had registered more searches on their site than Jay Z or Beyonce!
Hamlet will be directed by Olivier award winning director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) with set design by Es Devlin (Chimerica, The Nether). The Barbican will be releasing 100 £10 seats for each performance next year. Further details on who is eligible to buy will be released in 2015.
Tickets for Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Centre are now on sale. Tickets went on sale to those with red memberships on Friday and will be available to those with orange memberships tomorrow. Public sale is on 11th August.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet at the Barbican centre from 5 August 2015 for 12 weeks. He will be directed by Olivier award winning director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) and set design will be by the critically acclaimed Es Devlin.
The new website for Hamlet has just gone live.
The Prince’s Trust today sent out an email containing a quote from Benedict Cumberbatch thanking everyone who was kind enough to donate to our fundraiser this year in honour of The Princes Trust.
“I’m so proud of my fans and the importance they’ve seen in helping a cause I am so fervently enthralled to.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years. I always knew that I wanted to work as an actor and have been extremely lucky to get where I am today. It hasn’t been without hard work and determination, but a key ingredient to anyone’s self-confidence and personal success, is the support and guidance that comes from having a role model.
I also know that many young people don’t have such opportunities. With no role model, life can be daunting and self-esteem can drop making it harder to ask for help. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why I am a Prince’s Trust Ambassador – believing every young person deserves a chance in life is a vision we both share.”
Pricing info and a detailed FAQ have been released today for Hamlet which Benedict will be performing from August 2015 at the Barbican Centre.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Barbican will present an exclusive twelve-week run of this compelling new production in summer 2015.
Performances will be Monday to Saturday at 7:15 pm with matinees on Saturday afternoons. Tickets are priced between £30 and £62.50 with a limited number of premium seats available. 100 £10 tickets will be available for every performance and details of how to buy those tickets will be made available next year.
The FAQ page is here on the Barbican’s dedicated Hamlet page. Tickets go on sale to Red members on Friday.
Benedict Cumberbatch returned to San Diego Comic Con today to promote The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies. He appeared on a panel alongside Sir Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Evangeline Lily (Tauriel).
The panel showed a new teaser trailer (hopefully up online soon). Afterwards the panel did a signing for lucky fans and took part in a press conference where Benedict even did his finest Gollum impression. You can see photos from the panel and the signing/photocall in our galleries.
You can also see various interviews including the full panel on our videos page.
Benedict Cumberbatch made his debut today at San Diego Comic Con appeared on a panel to promote The Penguins of Madagascar in which he plays Agent Classified. Appearing in the huge Hall H alongside fellow voice actor John Malkovich Benedict answered questions from an enthusiastic audience – many of whom had camped overnight to get in.
You can read our write up of the panel here.
Photos from the panel and photocall can also be found in our galleries.
A new clip from the film has also been released which you can see on our videos page.
Benedict confirmed that he would be appearing at the Hobbit panel on Saturday to promote The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies.
It was announced this week that The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley would have its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Imitation Game is not having its American premiere at TIFF which suggests it will be making its world premiere debut at Telluride at the end of August although this has yet to be announced. The film is unlikely to feature in the first 4 days at TIFF owing to new rules this year which are limiting the first 4 days of the festival for world premieres.
Ticket packages are now on sale and TIFF’s full line up (including confirmed guests) will be announced on 19 August 2014.
The Imitation Game will be opening the London Film Festival in October.
In other news a brand new poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released showing a VERY angry Smaug. You can see the poster in our galleries
It has been announced that The Imitation Game will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October 2014 where it will be the opening night film. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing the cryptographer who helped to break the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance and is directed by Morten Tyldum.
Clare Stewart the director of the BFI London Film Festival commented
We are thrilled to announce one of the most anticipated films of the year – The Imitation Game – as this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. Featuring extraordinary performances from the British talent in front of the camera and vividly directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game does cinematic justice to Alan Turing’s vision, determination and personal story as well as his enduring impact on British history and contemporary life.
Benedict Cumberbatch stated that it was “a lovely birthday present. “It’s such an important story and I’m just over the moon to have it up-front and centre in such a wonderful festival in my home town.”
Benedict hopes that the film will bring Alan Turing’s feats to a wider audience.
“I hope this will do a great service to his legacy. He was a compassionate, caring individual and I hope the film shows him in 3D. He was brave and humorous — and a really beautiful writer of the most amazing poetry.”
The opening night film (and red carpet) will also be simultaneously screened in cinemas throughout the UK. The list of cinemas screening The Imitation Game has yet to be announced although these are expected to be regional.
The full line up for the 58th BFI London Film Festival goes live on 3 September 2014.
A UK and US trailer for The Imitation Game were released today and you can watch them both on our videos page.
The Imitation Game is due to be released in the UK on 14 November 2014.
It was announced today that Benedict Cumberbatch is to get his own waxwork at the legendary Madame Tussauds in London. Madame Tussauds has been exhibiting waxworks featuring the famous and infamous for over 200 years and is one of the most popular attractions in London attracting millions of visitors.
Benedict’s figure will be “premiere ready showing the actor looking impeccably groomed in a stylish dark suit” coupled with a “warm and relaxed expression, and his famous tousled hairstyle”
Benedict joked – “Finally I can photobomb myself! What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax.”
Benedict’s figure will be added to Madame Tussauds in October.
In other news the final tallies from our birthday fundraiser have been added up and all together Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans raised a total of £26,877 for The Princes Trust, MND Association and ALS Association with our fundraiser for The Princes Trust raising a staggering £15,000.
Thanks so much to the hundreds of generous fans who donated.
Benedict Cumberbatch turned 38 yesterday & to celebrate his fans raised over £24,500 for charity.
Every year we at Cumberbatchweb hold a fundraiser in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday asking that fans take the money they would have spent on a card or present for Benedict and donate it to charity instead. These fundraisers have raised over £25,000 in the past two years. This year Benedict chose three charities -youth charity The Princes Trust and MND Association/ALS Association as the beneficiaries for the fundraiser.
Our fundraiser for The Princes Trust raised over £13,700 & the US based fundraiser for MND/ALS Association raised over $18,500. There were over 1000 donations in total.
The charities do extraordinary, vital work and Benedict has been a patron of The Princes Trust and MND Association for years.
In addition fans worldwide took part in a huge number of charitable activities from fundraising to random acts of kindness to honour Benedict’s birthday.
Thank you so much to every single person who donated. The generosity and kindness of Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans never ceases to amaze. Your donations are very greatly appreciated by the charities.