Benedict Cumberbatch a.k.a Sherlock Holmes received an enthusiastic reception in London from a celebrity packed audience opening night [last night] for his performance as a modern-day ‘Hamlet.’
His ‘Sherlock Holmes’ co-star Mark Gatiss described his performance as “magnificent. I always knew he had it in him. We’re all very proud and impressed.” he told the BBC and Cumberbatch’s mother, actress Wanda Ventham, described him as “a bloody good Hamlet”.
The modern dress production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, has been described as the “fastest-selling play in British history.” Cumberbatch as the Prince of Denmark makes a number of costume changes. His clothes include a scarlet military jacket, a David Bowie T-shirt and a hoodie.
The Sherlock star appears open with a scene listening to Nat King Cole’s Nature Boy on an old gramophone. Also in the cast are Ciaran Hinds as Claudius, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Leo Bill as Horatio and Sian Brooke as Ophelia.
Cumberbatch made a plea to fans early in the run to not record his performances after he was distracted by red camera lights from the auditorium.
He earned an Oscar nomination as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game.’