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Published on July 24th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

No Autographs Please!

The incredible demand for tickets and high press attention, all for the appearance of David Tennant in Hamlet – opposite Star Trek and The X-Men‘s Patrick Stewart – has resulted in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) taking the unusual step of banning stagedoor autographs on anything but programmes and other Hamlet merchandise.

 

"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," the RSC said.

"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."

Tennant’s casting has had a massive impact, with Doctor Who fans as far afield as the USA travelling to Britain to catch a performance by everyone’s favourite Time Lord, a piece of casting that should make this particular piece of Shakespeare firmly back into the hands of the masses.

Tickets are currently selling on eBay for over and above the asking price (currently around £199).

No, I can’t lend you a fiver.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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