The Barbican theatre have announced they have sold their entire allocation of tickets for Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch in just over seven hours.
The curtain doesn't rise until August 2015, but more than 30,000 fans were already queuing online when the tickets went on sale at 10 o'clock this morning. By 17:25, every ticket had sold, despite the play having a long run between 5th August and 31st October 2015.
Fans desperate for a ticket kept abreast of available supplies on social media, although the most committed (or at least affluent) devotees had already paid to become members of the Barbican, securing early release tickets before they went on general sale.
That said, if you don't have a ticket, don't give up hope just yet. The Barbican advises that some tickets may still be available from authorised ticket partners, plus 100 seats at every performance have been reserved. These will go on sale for a mere £10 at some point in 2015.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, a Barbican spokesperson said:
“We are delighted that there’s been so much excitement about the forthcoming production of Hamlet for which we have experienced an unprecedented demand for tickets. We will keep people informed through our official website and social media channels about further availability including the one hundred £10 tickets for each performance.”