Good news for local Benedict Cumberbatch fans came recently when the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts announced it would broadcast a filmed "encore" of the actor's London stint as Hamlet in May.
If you just can't wait for May, there's more good news: Select U.S. theaters are carrying "captured live" broadcasts of Hamlet at 7 p.m. Thursday. That includes Citrus Stadium Park 20 in Tampa, Sundial 19 in St. Petersburg, Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Regency 20 in Brandon. Tickets are $12.50-$21.40, depending on location, on Fandango.com.
The Sherlock actor, 39, made headlines beyond the usual theater reviews with Hamlet in August when he asked fans to put down their cellphones during performances. "All of this, all these cameras, all these phones ... I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium. ... It's mortifying," he said. He went on: "I can't give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance that you will remember hopefully in your minds and brains — whether it is good, bad or indifferent — rather than on your phones."
The Straz is also broadcasting National Theatre Live encores including Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in Skylight on Jan. 17 and Helen Mirren in The Audience on March 20. The Hamlet screening is May 15. All showings are $21.50 and at the Straz Center's Ferguson Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call (813) 229-7827 or see strazcenter.org.