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Hamlet star Benedict Cumberbatch's phone film woes

By Sally Wardle

Benedict Cumberbatch has urged fans not to film his performance as Hamlet, describing it as "mortifying".

The star, who is playing the lead in the fastest-selling play in British history, said there was "nothing less supportive or enjoyable" than being on stage and seeing a "big red light" from an audience member's camera.

Cumberbatch made the plea to crowds outside the Barbican after his Saturday performance, which was reportedly halted twice due to technical difficulties.

He complained that restarting the play had been made even harder by the "blindingly obvious" filming of "someone in the third row". Cumberbatch said future offenders would be evicted from the show.

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