Hamlet, Barbican

I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t think there was even the remotest chance that I would get to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet live on stage. The entire run sold out in literally seconds (and in any case the majority of tickets were far beyond my budget), I missed out on the £10 ticket ballot in June, and, much as I love Mr Cumberbatch, there was absolutely no way I was going to queue outside overnight for day tickets. I had very much totally and utterly resigned myself to the fact that I would not see this particular production.

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