Doctor Who fans told to lay off Hamlet
Trekkies also unwelcome at Stratford stage door
Fans of Doctor Who and Star Trek have been told to lay off autograph hunting at the stage door of the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford, where David Tennant and Patrick Stewart are thesping it up in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet.
The ban comes after fans apparently started turning up at the venue with "bags" of Who goodies, hoping to get Tennant's mark on their memorabilia.
The RSC declared: "Due to the huge amount of interest in the RSC's current production of Hamlet, only Royal Shakespeare Company or production related memorabilia will be signed by members of the company.
"It is very flattering that there is so much interest in this production, but the sheer volume of requests means that we need to set some limits which will be as fair as possible for everyone. We apologise if this causes any disappointment."
Following the usual previews, Hamlet opens its door to the public on 5 August, the BBC notes. Tennant takes the lead while Stewart tackles Claudius and the Ghost. ®
A belated comment
Went to see Hamlet on Saturday night.
Actually Tennant was quite good. Stewart was of course superb.
A Lost Opportunity...
Royal Shakespeare Company should instead advertise that they will allow autographs if the fans have their own copy of Hamlet to be signed (or even sell copies for the fans), setup a special place away from the entrance for autographs, schedule a proper time for signatures, and charge $100 per head per autograph (funds going to the RSC and tax deductible). Then arrest fans who do not obey...
McCoy did the Fool against McKellen's Lear in what was (IMHO) the finest King Lear production of a generation.
And Stewart had a magnificent run in a very good Macbeth - and a good stab but less memorable Malvolio in 12th night
Paris as she probably appreciates Shakespeare more than most of the pillocks posting on this page.