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Benedict Cumberbatch

Critics deliver mixed verdict on hyped Cumberbatch 'Hamlet'

It's a "Hamlet" with Hollywood-level hype and an A-list star in Benedict Cumberbatch. But London's latest stage sensation is more than a Shakespearean star vehicle. The play's the thing, and this sold-out production has a visual wow factor as big as its lead actor. It's mounted at the Barbican Theatre on a vast set of crumbling opulence by Es Devlin, who has designed stadium shows for the likes of U2, Kanye West and Lady Gaga. "When the curtain went up on the set, I slightly gasped," said Cumberbatch's "Sherlock" co-star Mark Gatiss after Tuesday's opening night, attended by Cumberbatch's wife Sophie Hunter,...