I saw Hamlet again this afternoon. They changed the introduction for the 10th anniversary of NTLive. Benedict was scruffy and adorable in his video (which was already posted here earlier). There were around 30 people to see it - reasonable, I think, for a ridiculously hot day when no one wants to leave the house. And besides, it was showing at every theatre location, so there aren’t the big crowds you get when few theatres are showing it.
There was a nice surprise in the July Cineplex magazine I picked up when I was there! They devoted a page to Benedict and Hamlet:
I went to see it today at my local cinema too mllemass. Dan didn't go (still not feeling up to excursions like this - going to his mum's funeral yesterday tuckered him out completely). The theatre was almost empty but two people in front of me had a great time! It was a very young girl (maybe 12-14) and her mum. The girl told me she LOVED BC!!! And I said me too!!! Her mum said the girl's favourite role of his was Khan but she also loved his Smaug. The mum's favourite was his RIII. After the show as I was leaving I asked them if they were aware that BC's birthday was yesterday (they weren't) and the mum said that she had baked a cake yesterday and they hadn't cut it yet, so they were going to call it Ben's birthday cake when they ate it tonight.
I loved his NTLIVE tribute as the new prologue. I KNEW I should have picked up the magazine but I didn't think there would be anything about him in it! I could KICK MYSELF NOW!
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
Wider availability of top-grade films of productions starring such names as Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Tom Hiddleston would be a content goldmine for lovers of quality theater. In what could be a small silver lining in the dark cloud of prolonged live theater shutdowns on both sides of the Atlantic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Britain's National Theatre for the first time is showing signs that it might consider making its superb library of NT Live productions available for streaming.
The film of Benedict Cumberbatch's sold-out 2015 run in Hamlet at the Barbican hit a new high for NT Live of 690,000 ticket buyers. Danny Boyle's 2011 production for the National of Frankenstein was broadcast in two different versions, allowing audiences to see alternating leads Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as both the scientist and his reanimated creation.