Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:21 PM
Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:24 PM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 06:09 PM
At Wicked, they really don't seem to care about the show & it is almost a cinema like atmosphere. The show begins abrubtly, whether everyone is seated or not & there seems to be no admission policy, with people wandering to their seats late, nipping out to the loos etc. Last time I was there a member of staff even walked across the front of the dress circle shortly after the start of Act 2, trailing a bin bag of rubbish!
I was impresssed at Mamma Mia though. Staff there were present throughout the show, seating latecomers discreetly & quietly at suitable times, watching the audience & reacting where necessary. A family with a wriggly child were asked to be quieter or leave when they were clearly disturbing those around them, and in the interval I saw a lady who had been getting into the spirit a bit too much told that she couldn't be served any more alcohol at the bar.
Those two are extremes, but I do think that theatres that "police" the audience a bit are treating their performers with the respect they deserve.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:14 PM
Judging by the assaults on FoH staff on such shows, the answer is yes.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:57 PM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:52 PM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:43 PM
Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:25 AM
Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:47 PM
The other night person next to me the was clutching her phone and checking it every other minute causing the light to keep coming on. At the interval I complained to the deputy manager who asked her to switch it off and put it away. Why go to the theatre if all you're interested in is looking for text messages?
Drinks and food
Theatres should stop the audience taking food and drink into the auditorium. Who wants to sit next to some oik slurping beer and then have to put up their beery breath? Some of the comments here defy belief. On another thread someone said as soon as their show began the people beside them got out a burgers and chips to eat!
Keep them still and don't lean forward if you're in the circle.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:53 PM
I was in New York last week and saw Next to Normal. I was thrilled to see a sign on the doors saying "No food or drink allowed in the auditorium", however, this didn't stop people with chewing gum. I had two people sat behind me, chewing all the way through it. Personally, I think chewing gum should be banned from life as I get incredibly irritated by it in general, but it's extremely rude to sit through a 2 and a half hour show and chew gum very loudly all the way through. Like I said, no problem with real food or drink, but why do people feel the need to chew gum?
I also saw Wicked and had the person next to me checking her phone every 5 minutes during the first act and then during the second act was constantly flicking through her playbill using her phone as a light. Very rude, why pay all that money to look at the playbill, read it when you get home or during the interval!
[Broadway] Next to Normal . Wicked . Anything Goes . End of the Rainbow .
[UK Tour] West Side Story (Salford) . Joseph (Sheffield) . Oklahoma! (Sheffield) . Blood Brothers (Sheffield) . Avenue Q (Sheffield) . Jekyll and Hyde (Sheffield) . Tell Me On A Sunday (Sheffield) . Journey's End (Sheffield) . The Phantom Of The Opera (Leeds) .
[Regional] Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible) . Othello (Sheffield Crucible) . Company (Sheffield Crucible) . My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible) .
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