The existing year is running really well for Benedict Cumberbatch. Both his personal and professional lives are playing the harmonious cords as firstly, he is gifted with a little soul, his son, and now appreciations are pouring in for his recent stage production of Shakespearean Classic tragedy “Hamlet”.
Reportedly, the particular stage craft has been producing sensation since it landed in the news outlets last year. As the viewers initiate utter eagerness to witness Benedict’s portrayal of the melancholic king, major part of the tickets went on sale last year. But last Thursday, every record in current history has been smashed away, as more than 225,000 viewers were drawn to theaters around the world, for a live telecast of the Sonia Friedman production at London’s Barbican Theatre, through NT Live.
Yes, that is the largest global audience for a live broadcast of any title in National Theatre Live history. The broadcast played on over 1,400 screens and in 25 countries. Although the 2 PM screening was the actual live performance, most people in the U.S. saw the delayed telecast that began at 7 PM. To refresh our memory, we must mention that Benedict urged his fans being refrained from filming the live performance and to be truthful to the medium of theatre.
Well, the rich eloquence and a genial ease of Benedict’s performance underscores the multi-shaded psychological terms of “Hamlet” in a justified way. The play became a visual treat with the graceful acting Anastasia Hille and Siân Brooke, respectively as the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia. The monologues and poignancy implemented poetic justice that is carried by an uninterrupted flow and undoubtedly, it gives the proof why for the first time on a live basis, with Russian subtitles, it drew the largest global audience.
Since its launch in 2009, National Theatre broadcasts from England have included “Frankenstein” with Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Mendes’ “King Lear,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Gillian Anderson.
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