Benedict Cumberbatch the Musical opens in London

Benedict Cumberbatch is an ordained minister

It features the heart-rendering ballad Don’t Cry for Me, Martin Freeman

Benedict Cumberbatch the Musical has its première in the West End tonight setting what many are calling the biggest tourist and hen night trap since A Midsummer Night’s Sheeran.

“I’ve done Jesus, I’ve done Eva Peron, now it’s time to do a true legend,” said composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Audiences are going to be swept along by the rags-to-riches story as just like Jean Valjean, Benedict grows up in Kensington, attends Harrow then both Manchester University and LAMDA. Finally with just all the contacts he’s made plus both his parents being actors he somehow manages to break into show business. Remarkable.”

Cumberbatch has in the last year or so become a dominant media presence with four in ten Britons reporting that his face is more familiar to them than their own. Lloyd Webber is confident that such ubiquity and songs like The Sun’ll Pap Me Tomorrow, Everyone’s A Little Bit Smaug and the show-stopping Do You Hear The Otters Sing? will guarantee the show a long life.

“I know that the great British public will take this musical to their hearts,” said Lloyd Webber. “Especially given the fantastic performance of its lead which proves yet again that there’s really no role beyond the talents of Dame Judi Dench.”

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