Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Doesn’t his name just glide off the tongue? Since the aristocratic British actor appeared on our screens in 2010 as Sherlock Holmes, his career has skyrocketed – his popularity buttressed with a deep internet well of erotic fan fiction. Now, he graces the stage at London’s Barbican in Lyndsey Turner’s new production of Hamlet.
Cumberbatch has had high-profile theatrical gigs before, notably in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Johnny Lee Miller, though the anticipation of this one has reached new, feverish heights. It opens on Wednesday, so you can now find out if it’s worth the hype. Except you’re probably not going to find out unless you’re a serious forward planner, because tickets sold out. A year ago. Soz.