Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:01 PM
Posted 14 June 2010 - 06:06 PM
Posted 14 June 2010 - 06:15 PM
Blimey! I know premium seats are highly priced but £600 is ridiculous!
Posted 14 June 2010 - 06:18 PM
I've had some bad experiences but nothing as bad as yours, nobody tried to light my coat on fire. I think the theatre's can sometimes do more. Lots of times they've ignored the problem, even when audience members have complained. At a pantomime a few years ago, there was a kid, about 6 years old, constantly kicking the chair of a person beside me. His parents ignored him, obviously not caring about the person who's chair was being kicked. When she turned around and asked for them to get their child to stop, they said something along the lines of 'Ah buh he's onlee a kiid, Leave him aloin' in an inner-city Dublin accent This happened before the show started so the person was able to move seats. I guess a panto is different to a West End show though..
Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:16 PM
This thread should carry a health warning. I can see myself getting worked up over these selfish idiots (the guy with ridiculously wild hair that blocks half the stage, the girl with jangly jewellery who thrashes her arms about, the people who pass sweets along the row, the texters, the people who have to bring alcohol in and can't get through a show without it, the whistling breathers, the one who falls asleep and jerks his head about till he wakes himself up, the ones who lean their coats over the seats in front and don't bother to move them when you try to rest your head back, the man translating for his partner then tilting the programme to the light to see which one was in Holby City etc...) Admittedly they are a minority but in a half-full theatre, there's bound to be one selfish, oblivious fool and it just takes one to disturb an otherwise excellent evening.
For heaven's sake, people, just watch the damn show!
(time for my blood pressure pills...)
Posted 14 June 2010 - 08:21 PM
Drink definitely has something to do with it at certain shows, particularly (as I understand it) Thriller and Dirty Dancing. I recall there was something in the press about some theatres considering hiring bouncers.
There is always some misbehaving nitwit in every show: fortunately or unfortunately I expect it these days. The baby who cried through at least twenty minutes of Sister Act before Palladium staff finally intervened. The constant rustling of crisp packets and plastic bags from a family at Legally Blonde. The man who received at least three phone calls in the second half of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, shouting down his phone at whoever he was talking to each time. The woman in the audience at Enron who took it upon herself before the show to read aloud at the very top of her lungs the glossary in the programme explaining financial services industry terminology, as if nobody else at that matinee was literate.
I was at Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy early in 2009 when a man in the second or third row as I recall turned to some woman behind him, shouting, "I paid to watch them perform, not to listen to you yakking!" At Les Miserables one Saturday at virtually every poignant moment, there was a big intake of milkshake of some sort. "Listen everybody, General Lamarque is dead!" *SLURP*. "She will not die in vain / She will not be betrayed." *SLURP* The stage revolves to show the deaths at the barricade. *SLURP*. Highly inappropriate.
It is completely unacceptable: if I wanted to have an animated conversation with someone I could have one for free without having to pay for theatre seats (some of which are can be terribly uncomfortable). Clearly there are people out there with more money than sense.
One more, if you can bear it: a young couple discussing loudly how to work the lady's cameraphone. They wanted to take photographs during Wicked. Eurgh.
Posted 14 June 2010 - 09:33 PM
At another performance of Annie, a TEACHER, had a nice long phonecall with someone. Then after that she took out the biggest sandwich ever. It didn't smell too great either.
Posted 14 June 2010 - 09:37 PM
At the Donmar, say, or even the National, I can't imagine anyone coming in with a milkshake. Glass of wine, maybe, but not a milkshake. And I suspect anyone who tried taking photos or talking would just die from all the evil looks they'd get. And at little fringe theatres, most of the audience are friends or very avid theatregoers, and anyway, the cast is almost in your lap, so it would be very unlikely.
Having said that, the RSC is normally full of tourists and schoolkids, and I can't remember any really bad behaviour there either.
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