He told them that while he doesn’t use social media, he would be very happy if they did, just not during his performance.
I ask you all a huge favor?” the actor said to fans gathered outside
the stage door. “All of this, all these cameras, all these phones,” he
said pleadingly, his voice trailing off. “What I really want to do is
try to enlist you.”
can see cameras, 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, like that
one there, that little red light,” he said, pointing into the crowd.
referred to a disruption during that night’s performance in which he
had to stop and then resume his delivery of the soliloquy beginning “To
be or not to be,” which he noted was not the easiest place to have to
restart. Mr. Cumberbatch said he could see a “little red light” near the
third row during the performance. “It’s mortifying,” he said. There is
“nothing less supportive or enjoyable.”