Budget-stricken theatre lovers and Cumberfans of the world, rejoice! The online ballot for £10 tickets to The Barbican’s production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has now been opened to the public.
There will be 100 tickets available, courtesy of Sky Arts, in seats throughout the London venue for every performance in the show’s three-month run – meaning that a total of 8,500 £10 seats are potentially up for grabs.
60 of each 100 tickets will be available for the wider public to purchase online, through a lottery system which you can enter through The Barbican website. Those who wish to enter the ballot have from now until Tuesday 16th June to apply for up to two tickets.
The remaining 40 tickets will be either saved for day-seat ticket sales or sold through charities to underprivileged young people. Successful ballot winners will be able to buy their £10 tickets from 22nd-29th June. A small number of more expensive tickets will also be available in advanced online sales.
The production sees the Olivier award-winning actor – who is best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock – realise his lifelong dream of performing onstage as the Danish Prince in Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy. The show, which is directed by Lynsey Turner, also stars Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Ciaran Hinds and Jim Norton.
The show became the most in-demand theatre ticket of all time, following the frantic initial release of tickets last August. Those who come out unlucky by the end of the ballot will still be able to see the production onscreen however, when the show is broadcast live in more than 550 cinemas nationwide on 15th October.
Hamlet will be running at The Barbican Theatre in London from 5th August-31st October.
You can enter your email address into the £10 ticket ballot here.
For a taste of Cumberbatch’s thespian skills onstage, watch the clip below.