Benedict Cumberbatch in Pasadena, Calif. in Jan. 2015.
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August 6, 2015 7:19 AM EDT

Benedict Cumberbatch’s opening performance in the title role in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has lived up to the hype with theatregoers calling it “electrifying.”

People have gone to great lengths to see the play, with some travelling from around to watch the performance and others camping out by the theatre to get their hands on spare tickets.

The 12-week production sold out in minutes last August and tickets are now being traded on eBay for up to $700. The last time the Sherlock actor performed on stage was in Frankenstein in 2011.

Fans took to Twitter last night, describing the actor’s performance in the tragedy as “sublime.”



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