Benedict Cumberbatch's Dedicated Fans Wait Up to 20 Hours for Coveted Last-Minute Hamlet Tickets

Benedict Cumberbatch Fans Line Up in London for Hamlet Tickets
Fans wait in line for Hamlet tickets at London's Barbican Centre
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08/05/2015 AT 03:50 PM EDT

To get or not to get – that was the question.

Droves of people began lining up at London's Barbican Theatre Tuesday to wait for the chance to receive one of the highly coveted last-minute tickets to its production of Hamlet.

No, the eager hopefuls aren't just massive fans of the Bard. Most were hoping for a chance to see British star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.

Cumberbatch, 39, plays the famed fictional Danish prince in the Lyndsey Turner directed 12-week long production, which began previews on Wednesday evening.



The show's already broken records as the fastest-selling ticket in London theater history, according to the London Evening Standard.

Although advance tickets sold out in a flash last year, the theater set aside 30 last-minute tickets to be given away the morning of each show.

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Some Cumberbatch fans, who call themselves "Cumberbitches," began lining up Tuesday afternoon to get first crack at the hot tickets.

Italian students Chiara Russo, 19, and Giorgia Alongi, 18, snagged their spots outside the theater at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Although they did not know each other prior to the adventure, they "bonded over Benedict," Russo told the Standard.

"My friends are jealous but are so happy for me to get tickets," Russo also said. "If I have to queue for 19 hours I will be happy if I get the ticket."
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