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Stephanie Wu
July 22, 2015

Seven hours—that’s how long it took for the 12-week run of the Barbican’s Benedict Cumberbatch–led Hamlet, which premieres August 5, to sell out. Prudently, the London theater held back 100 tickets for each show; go to hamlet.barbican.org.uk to enter the online lottery for a chance to score late-release $15 seats to the Lyndsey Turner–directed production.

In the (very likely) event that those also go in record time, the Cumberbatch-obsessed can catch a live broadcast in movie theaters across 44 countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, on October 15.

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