Benedict Cumberbatch appeals for theater etiquette and pleads to his fans not to film him on stage while performing as “Hamlet.
The “Sherlock” star made the appeal to the crowd gathered outside the Barbican after his performance over the weekend, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Cumberbatch described filming him on stage as “mortifying.”
“I can see red lights in the auditorium, and it may not be any of you here that did that, but it’s blindingly obvious,” the actor revealed.
“It’s mortifying, and there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that. And I can’t give you what I want to give you which is a live performance that you’ll remember — hopefully in your minds and brains whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent — rather than on your phones.”
According to the Mirror, the Saturday performance of the London production has been stopped at one point due to technical difficulties.
The “Imitation Game” actor told the crowd outside the theater, “This isn’t me blaming you, this is just me asking you to just ripple it out there, in the brilliant beautiful way that you do with your funny electronic things,” the Guardian wrote.
“It is going to get strict, from Monday they have devices coming in which will have people detected and evicted. I don’t want that to happen,” Cumberbatch warned.
The actor made his debut as “Hamlet” on Wednesday and set to portray the Shakespeare’s iconic character through Oct. 31.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the production will be broadcasted to cinemas worldwide starting Oct. 15
BBC reported about 100,000 advance tickets of “Hamlet” were sold minutes after they were released in August last year. But on-the-day tickets are still available and some ticketing sites offer tickets for up to £650.
Cumberbatch was not the first actor to slam the audience for using mobile devices during a performance, said BBC.
Actor James McAvoy scolded an audience member whom he caught recording his performance of Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios in 2013. Kevin Spacey was also distracted by a ringing phone during his 2013 performance of Clarence Darrow at London’s Old Vic Theater.