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Benedict Cumberbatch (Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Hamlet at the WhatsOnStage Awards in London last night, with the production scooping Best Play Revival, Best Set Design and Best Lighting.

The awards are voted for exclusively by the public, so it’s one in the eye for the West End critics, one of whom dubbed the production an “anticlimax.” Despite lukewarm reviews and a few overexcitable audience members forcing Benedict to plead with fans to be on their best behavior, Hamlet‘s three-month run at London’s Barbican Theatre was a sell-out.

Other winners at Sunday night’s ceremony included Nicole Kidman, who won Best Actress in a Play for her role as the DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51, and Sir Kenneth Branagh, who won a special award for services to theater.

Filming commitments meant Benny-boy couldn’t attend the award ceremony, but we got a glimpse of him nonetheless, in footage that emerged over the weekend of him on the set of Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel comic to be turned into a movie.

Here’s our Benedict wearing Stephen Strange’s familiar blue tunic and red cape and sporting a rather nasty-looking gash on one side of his face (not to mention the rather fetching goatee).

The video shows him in action as the Sorcerer Supreme on a street in London, made up to look like… wait for it… New York City. (Note from ed: surely there’s an easier way of doing that…?)

…and if you watch very closely, you’ll spot Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo.

The Marvel movie’s impressive cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen, with Sinister‘s Scott Derrickson directing.

The Sherlock actor has previously promised the movie will have some trippy visual effects, adding: “There’s going to be crazy sh– going on.” Judging from this footage, it certainly looks like it.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.