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Cumberbatch's Hamlet sells out fast

Benedict Cumberbatch's starring role in Hamlet has proved a huge draw for theatre goers, with the production selling out its entire run in just over seven hours.

The Sherlock star is taking the lead role in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Barbican, and although opening night is still a year away, all of the tickets have been snapped up, according to the Radio Times.

Hamlet has a long run lined up, from August 5, 2015 to October 31, 2015, but by the time the tickets went on sale at 10am yesterday (August 11) morning there were already more than 30,000 people queuing online to make sure they would get to see Benedict in the role, and by 5.25pm all of the tickets avaiilable had sold out.

Some had even paid to become members of the Barbican so that they could get in early and snap up the dates they wanted on early release sales.

However, the theatre said fans who had missed out shouldn't despair - some seats may still be left on ticket partner websites and 100 are being held back for each performance, that will go on sale for £10 each in 2015.

A Barbican spokesperson said: "We are delighted that there's been so much excitement about the forthcoming production of Hamlet for which we have experienced an unprecedented demand for tickets.

"We will keep people informed through our official website and social media channels about further availability including the one hundred £10 tickets for each performance."

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