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Benedict Cumberbatch

When Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in London in 2015, he made an impassioned plea to fans at the stage door, telling them: "I can see cameras in the auditorium. It may not be any of you here but it's blindingly obvious. It's mortifying and there's nothing that's less supportive or enjoyable as an actor on stage experiencing that. What I really want to do is try and enlist you. I don't use social media and I'd really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the s*** out of this one for me." (Credit: PA Images via Getty Images)

The stars who have taken action to stop audiences using smartphones

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK

This week Broadway star Audra McDonald shamed an audience member for taking a photo of her nude scene. But she is certainly not the first actor to take umbrage at the use of smartphones in the theatre.