Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' sets British ticket-sale records

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Benedict Cumberbatch will not play "Hamlet" on the British stage until the summer of 2015, but the Shakespeare production has already set ticket-sale records for London theater productions.

Tickets for the "Sherlock" star's play only went on sale on Monday, Aug. 11. As of Tuesday (Aug. 12), the demand for "Hamlet" tickets had already reached a number four times higher than the previous London box-office winner, "A Streetcar Named Desire" (which starred Gillian Anderson).

It's not just theater that the "Sherlock" star is dominating in the ticket-sale world. Viagogo, a ticket website in London, says that "Hamlet" has generated 214 percent more ticket sales than even Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run world tour.

"The tragedy has instead become the success story for theater in 2015," Viagogo tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But will Benedict be or not be a worthy Hamlet -- that is the question."

The answer to that question will come during the play's 12-week run beginning Aug. 5, 2015.

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