VIEW FROM THE QUEUE 2: Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican

Why do we love him so? What on earth has encouraged normally mild-mannered theatregoers to queue overnight? Is theatre the new rock’n’roll? Or, heavens, the new football?

We might have a bit of sympathy for Benedict Cumberbatch who was Oscar worthy in Imitation Game as Alan Turing but was beaten to the prize by Eddie Redmayne, outstanding as Stephen Hawking in a role Cumberbatch had already played.

We might be slightly obsessed by Sherlock and it’s oh-so-modern take on the familiar that we forgive its increasingly Doctor Who incomprehensibility. monstagigz has been boning up on David Tennant’s Hamlet to offer some sort of perspective on Cumberbatch’s. Are you seeing it tonight? If so, we’d love to know what you think in the comments section below.

At this point we should raise a hand and admit we’re not Shakespeare connoisseurs. But that’s not the point. The point sold out a year ago. The point gives its 1st preview tonight. We’re glued. Check out our reaction here Sunday. Let us know what you think below.

If you needed any other reason to tune in, Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones’ Mance Rayder) stars opposite Cumberbatch. Can’t Wait.

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