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London’s Hamlet sold 100K tickets in mere minutes because of one man: Benedict Cumberbatch

Want to know the secret to selling theater tickets? Appeal to the Tumblr crowds. That’s how a new production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre managed to attract more than 20,000 people queuing online to buy tickets last week and sell 100,000 tickets within minutes Tuesday morning. The big draw? Benedict Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch is an Internet monolith. Thanks to his movie roles and the cultlike popularity of Sherlock, for some he is a full-blown obsession. He was tweeted about more 700,000 times in 2013, according to Vulture, and the “Cumberbitches” subreddit is always alive with activity. His dedicated fan base is likely to thank for this level of ticket sales.
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micdotcom:

London’s Hamlet sold 100K tickets in mere minutes because of one man: Benedict Cumberbatch

Want to know the secret to selling theater tickets? Appeal to the Tumblr crowds. That’s how a new production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre managed to attract more than 20,000 people queuing online to buy tickets last week and sell 100,000 tickets within minutes Tuesday morning. The big draw? Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch is an Internet monolith. Thanks to his movie roles and the cultlike popularity of Sherlock, for some he is a full-blown obsession. He was tweeted about more 700,000 times in 2013, according to Vulture, and the “Cumberbitches” subreddit is always alive with activity. His dedicated fan base is likely to thank for this level of ticket sales.

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My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)