Cumberbitches Invade London For “Hamlet”

Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the London stage this week as Hamlet, and his fans are getting ready. The first show open to the public is on Wednesday, and while some fans were among the lucky few thousand to buy tickets last year, there will be others who will be turning up early in the morning to buy one of the 30 tickets on sale every day for 10 pounds. The Times reports that the Barbican theatre in London’s Square Mile is putting on extra security “to cope with the popularity of the actor,” who has won the attraction of a community of fans who call themselves ‘Cumberbitches’ and are prepared to travel across the world to see the Sherlock star take on Shakespeare. Fan site Cumberbatchweb has recently dedicated its Twitter feed to promoting the resale of tickets to fans desperate to see the Lyndsey Turner-directed play. However, stringent checks that are being asked of ticketholders to halt ticket touting may prevent fans from being able to claim their seats.

Purchasers are reportedly being asked to show photographic ID as well as their credit cards to receive their tickets, which sold out in minutes in January 2014, and have since been sold online for 1,500 pounds.

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