How far in advance tickets are sold for London’s theatre productions is a fairly reliable measure of just how hot the leading actor is – so it’s no surprise that tickets for Benedict Cumberbatch’s twelve week stint as Hamlet at the Barbican next summer go on sale this week, exactly twelve months before he appears on-stage. There has been frenzied discussion of the production for months; Cumberbatch last appeared in Frankenstein at the National Theatre in 2011 in a sell-out run, where he switched between the role of Frankenstein and his ghoulish creation, with his friend Jonny Lee Miller. Three years later and Cumberbatch is seriously hot Hollywood property, having starred in films from The Fifth Estate to 12 Years A Slave as well as his turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which is released here this autumn. So we can say with almost 100% certainty that competition for the Hamlet tickets will be immense. Tickets go on sale to Barbican members from tomorrow (and to ‘orange’ members from Monday) and on sale to the general public seven days later at 10am on 11th August. So mark your diaries or set your alarms now – if you’re very keen to secure them then it’s probably worth becoming a member. This week the Barbican also announced that for each performance there will be 100 seats on sale priced at just £10 – we suspect though that it’s not worth hanging around to find out just how hard they are to acquire.