Benedict Cumberbatch’s first preview performance of ‘Hamlet’ has caused controversy after a spate of reviews were published two weeks ahead of the production’s official press night.
In a break with accepted tradition, a critic from The Times attended Wednesday night’s performance to write a review for the publication’s website.
And in what appears to be a response, other papers have followed suit and published write ups too.
As the preview phase of a production is meant to iron out teething problems and perfect the performance, it’s perhaps little surprise that The Times found plenty to criticise.
And while the other reviews of Wednesday’s show were highly complementary, Twitter has been alight with upset fans, actors, journalists and theatre producers, all upset with how Cumberbatch has been treated.
His loyal fans were not pleased.
Actors and theatre producers were particularly unhappy.
The media weren’t impressed either.
But perhaps the audience are the best critics after all.