Tip of the iceberg! Titanic, The Musical actor in fury over audience members watching England in World Cup on their MOBILES – as two women gave thumbs up to cast indicating ‘we won’

  • Two women watched England v Colombia penalty shootout on their phones
  • Cast members were horrified when theatregoers audibly celebrated each goal 
  • Women were in audience for Titanic The Musical at Theatre Royal in Nottingham
  • Cast member said they were ‘most ignorant audience members’ he’d ever seen

A theatre boss has criticised audience members who watched England‘s World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia on their phones in the front row of the show.

Cast members were horrified when two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham audibly celebrated each goal during the nail-biting conclusion to the game, while the production was going on.

Jonathan Saville, interim venue director of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, labelled the audience members ‘disrespectful and distracting’. 

Actor Niall Sheehy described one audience member as 'the stupidest woman on the planet' after she loudly watched a World Cup penalty shootout during Titanic The Musical

Actor Niall Sheehy described one audience member as ‘the stupidest woman on the planet’ after she loudly watched a World Cup penalty shootout during Titanic The Musical

Two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical audibly celebrated each goal

Two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical audibly celebrated each goal

Two women at the front of the audience for Titanic The Musical audibly celebrated each goal

He said: ‘On Tuesday evening, our front of house team informed every member of the audience on entering the auditorium that they should turn off their mobile phone.

‘Our duty manager was present in the stalls throughout Act 2 of the performance. The audience were extremely quiet, and she was not aware of any audible or visual disturbance until the company alerted her to it.

‘It would seem that these two audience members seated on the front row, only a few feet away from the stage, perhaps had not realised that their actions could be both seen and heard.

‘Even if audience members feel that they are being quiet or discreet in checking their phones during a performance, it is both disrespectful and distracting to the actors on stage and to the other people around them.

‘Our staff are vigilant in stopping this kind of behaviour, where it is practical to do so without further distracting from the action on stage. 

‘But we do also rely on people using courtesy and respect to those around them when they come to see a live theatre performance.’

Audiences behaving badly at the theatre

The incident in Nottingham is not the first time audience members have behaved badly at shows.

In 2015, cast members of Hand To God on Broadway were alarmed when one audience member walked on to the stage to plug his phone charger into a socket just before the show started.

In 2009, Patti LuPone stopped Gypsy when a phone flash went off and, in 2015, she snatched a phone from a woman who was texting in the middle of the play Shows For Days.

Benedict Cumberbatch urged fans to stop photographing and recording videos during his performances of Hamlet at the Barbican after numerous productions were disrupted.

And audience members for Doctor Faustus, starring Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington, thought nothing of eating a box of chicken nuggets during the show in 2016.

Cast member Niall Sheehy wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘To the two women in the front row tonight who not only followed the penalty shootout on their phone, but also said ‘yesss’ on each goal scored, you are the most ignorant audience members I have ever had the misfortune to perform in front of.

‘And when a cast member signalled ‘put your phone away’ during the bows and you smiled, gave a thumbs up and replied ‘I know – we won!!’, I think you may have let us all know you are the stupidest woman on the planet.

‘Please avoid attending any future theatrical productions.’

Another cast member, Kieran Brown, wrote: ‘Dumbfounded. 2 ladies, 1 older 1 middle aged, slap bang front row clearly watching football on phones during the most poignant moment of lifeboats scene, cheering & giggling like stupid schoolgirls.

‘To say I’m raging is an understatement! They should be marched out in disgrace!’ 

It is understood to be the first time an incident like this has ever happened at the Nottingham theatre.

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