Last updated: 07:00 AM ET, Tue August 11 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch Hates Phones, Holds Class on Proper Theater Etiquette

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 11, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch Hates Phones, Holds Class on Proper Theater Etiquette

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Benedict Cumberbatch is the one London attraction that you may not want to immortalize on your smartphone.

As Mashable spotted, the 39-year-old actor made a brief but impassioned plea (recorded, ironically, on a phone) to fans that they put down their phones.

YouTube user kari100 took up the call from Cumberbatch who asked that patrons outside the London theater where he is performing “Hamlet” might “ripple it out there.”

The “it” in this case is the hope that visitors to Barbican Centre might put down their phones while inside the theater.

Cumberbatch is far more eloquent in his plea, however:

Cumberbatch states, via Mashable: “There's nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that and I can't give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance that you'll remember hopefully in your minds and brains, whether it's good, bad or indifferent, rather than on your phones.”

We have already regaled you with various landmarks around the globe shutting down tourists with selfie sticks.

As the actor notes, the London theater is now going to target those using just their smartphones while a play is being performed.

The video, posted on August 8, has amassed over 250,000 views as of this writing. Cumberbatch’s plea that phones be put to good use seems to be working.

Now the hope is that patrons from all over the world do well to sit back and enjoy a performance without having to record it all on their respective smartphones.

Sometimes, memories can provide a richer experience than looking back at your Instagram feed.

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