Benedict Cumberbatch advocates for refugees in a speech worthy of Shakespeare.

Benedict Cumberbatch advocates for refugees in a speech worthy of Shakespeare.
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Performing the titular role in Shakespeare's longest play, "Hamlet," wasn't exhausting enough to stop Benedict Cumberbatch from giving one more speech after a recent performance. Cumberbatch delivered an eloquent monologue worthy of the Bard himself, asking audience members at London's Barbican Centre to make donations to Save the Children, a charity aiding refugees.

Describing the reasons behind the current refugee crisis and the need for humanitarian aid, Cumberbatch illustrated the dangers facing those who have fled:

No one leaves home unless home unless home is the mouth of a shark. You only run for the border when you see your whole city running as well. You have to understand that no one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.

Forsooth, that's a good speech.

Thanks in no small part to Cumberbatch's smooth words, the company of "Hamlet" has so far raised $150,000 for Save the Children's refugee aid efforts. If you want to see how he's convincing people to pony up more money after paying for theatre tickets on London's West End, watch the full speech:

Did Benedict and the "Hamlet" cast leave you hungry for a happy ending? You can make a donation to Save the Children here.

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