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.