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Barbican announce £10 seats for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

Hamlet at The BarbicanThe hugely anticipated 2015 production of Hamlet at The Barbican, starring the Sherlock actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, will include 100 £10 seats on offer for each performance. The seats will be positioned throughout the auditorium, and will also be available at each performance: more information will be released in 2015.

Priority online/telephone booking for Barbican Red Members: Fri 1 Aug, 10am
Priority online/telephone booking for Barbican Orange Members: Mon 4 Aug, 10am
General on-sale including booking in person: Mon 11 Aug, 10am

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Barbican presents an exclusive twelve-week run of this compelling new production in summer 2015.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Approx 3 hours/including one 20-min interval
Mon–Sat 7.15pm
(except Tue 25 Aug, 7pm start)
Matinee performances 1.30pm every Saturday from 15 August

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions
Presented by the Barbican
Tickets for Hamlet are £30–£62.50 plus booking fee*
£10 tickets: 100 seats at £10, positioned throughout the auditorium, will be available at each performance. More information will be released in 2015.
A limited number of Premium Seats are available.

School Groups
£25 ticket per pupil plus one teacher free for every ten tickets purchased. Valid for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday performances only from Monday 2 September 2015. Booking for School groups opens on Monday 11 August 2014, 10am. To book please call our group bookings line on 020 7382 7211 (Mon-Fri 10am–5pm) or for enquiries email groups@barbican.org.uk.

In addition to these public performances, The Barbican will schedule four midweek education matinees exclusively for schools and colleges. Tickets for these performances will go on sale in early 2015 via the Barbican box office. Booking details to be announced.

All discounts are subject to availability, and cannot be combined to make greater savings.

*£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees

Visit http://hamlet.barbican.org.uk/


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1 thought on “Barbican announce £10 seats for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet”

  1. It’s nifty that 8.3% of the seats will be available for £10, but like so much of the ticketing information for this production, it is of no help to average people who were hoping to make advance plans to see Hamlet. One hundred seats at a terrific price, but zero information regarding eligibility for buying. That information won’t be available until long after the play is likely to sell out, so anyone who waits may find they won’t be permitted to buy the bargain seats, thereby missing any chance to attend.
    The other 92.6% of the tickets are priced at £30–£62.50 (plus booking fee, of course), well sort of. The best seats will be sold in groups of up to 6, at face value PLUS £100, (cost of a red “membership”), next, seats will be available at face value plus £40, (orange “membership”), finally any tickets left over, IF any remain, will be for the least desirable seats, and will be the only ones actually sold at face value.

    As I said, it’s nifty that next year, 100 people per performance who meet some mystery criteria will be able to see Hamlet from as yet unidentified locations in the theatre for the low price of £10, but it’s utter nonsense to pretend that the remaining seats will be sold for £30–£62.50 (plus booking fee, of course). The low price tickets are a being allotted in an effort to mitigate the fact that the Barbican will be selling the vast majority of tickets are at a huge premium, preventing average consumers access to quality seats, and possibly access to seats of any kind.

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