Benedict Cumberbatch Shares Moving Message Supporting Syrian Refugees: ‘We See …

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Benedict Cumberbatch makes ’emotional’ appeal to Hamlet audience to help refugeesBenedict Cumberbatch used his sold-out theatre run of Hamlet to bring attention to the current refugee crisis — and raised thousands of pounds in the process. Benedict Cumberbatch has condemned the government’s response to the refugee crisis in a speech to theatregoers during the curtain call at a performance of Hamlet in London.Benedict Cumberbatch – most recently seen on the London stage playing Hamlet – has fronted the introduction to a short video called “Help is Coming,” which accompanies the track of the same name by Australian band Crowded House. Following his performance at the Barbican in London on Thursday evening, Cumberbatch stepped forward, reportedly while the audience were still applauding, to urge the audience to donate to cash to help alleviate the ongoing crisis. The actor spoke of “our government’s slow response” to the crisis, which has seen millions of people forced to leave their homes in Syria and neighbouring countries.

The Imitation Game actor, who recently had a son with his theatre director wife, Sophie Hunter, has lent his support to the campaign by introducing the song in a short film. Cumberbatch concludes in the video: “As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming.” David Cameron announced this week that the UK will take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of the next five years, prioritising women and children from refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The group said: “We urge the UK government to wake up to the urgency of the current crisis and work with its European counterparts to offer immediate humanitarian help and agree long-term solutions to refugee resettlement.”

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