It is quite unbelievable to me how many people get out their mobile phones to text during live theatre, or have a chat to each other throughout.
Have we come to such a depressing time that people can’t sustain their attention spans for little over an hour until an interval to be on Facebook, text people or speak in general? They will still be there when the lights come up. The world will have not ended (well, it might have ended for you if you are unlucky enough to be sat near me and do any of these things.)
It’s hard to escape into the world the theatre creates for you if someone has their phone out with a bright screen lit up too.
Hamlet didn’t have a phone. He was fine without it.
In the last two weeks during every show I have attended (6) someone near me has got out their phone during the show and usually at a dramatic/sad/relevant moment to the plot. Unable to help myself I have felt obliged to politely ask them to put it away, to which they then usually look at me as if I am being rude.
The closer to the front you are, the even worse it is as you distract the actors too.
You must never distract an actor. Especially if they haven’t eaten. There’s no telling what they might do.
Theatre tickets, especially the West End, are pricey. Bully for you if you can afford to spend £65 on a ticket and then talk or text throughout. For a lot of people it is a once a year treat you are spoiling.
I long for the day a rule is put in place that ALL phones must be handed into lockers before a show or you can’t go in.
Hey, ‘CATS’ is coming back to the West End this Christmas. Why not get your phone out during that? You might find a 6 foot annoyed silver tabby in your face. Don’t mess with the cast of ‘CATS’. They spend 3 hours in lycra unitards. That’s enough to make anyone turn into a cold blooded killer at the best of times.
Alternatively, just get me there and I will take out a hammer and sort the phone problem for you.