I feel like this subject has been brought to life a lot at the moment with various incidents happening during shows both on West End and Broadway. Therefore I thought I’d write a blog post about the things that really get on my nerves (and I’m sure most of you to) whilst at the Theatre.
3) Talking – Theatre should be a time where you just sit back and enjoy what you see in front of you, not discussing what you had for dinner or what you’ve been up to. I honestly don’t understand why some people constantly talk through a performance. You really don’t have to give a running commentary to the person next to you. You’re both seeing the same show. Going to the Theatre isn’t cheap so why would you waste your money/time if you’re not even going to pay attention to the magic that is going on in front of you.
4)Late arrivers – This one speaks for itself. Please just arrive on time. I don’t want to have to get up from my seat half way through a song because I have to move to let you into the row. You know the time you have to be there, so stick to it. Theatre isn’t like a television show, you can’t just pause it so that it can start when you arrive.
5)Share the armrests – Sharing is caring and when it comes to being comfortable at the Theatre you need to respect the people around you. It’s always frustrating when the person next to you thinks that they can take up the whole of the armrests. Just a tip, it isn’t just for you and you need to make sure that both yourself and the person sitting next to you can both use it.
Here’s some celebrity tweets/comments I’ve seen floating around recently in relation to the above…
|Beverley Knight – Memphis The Musical (UK)|
|Savannah Green – Wicked the Musical (UK)|
|Lesli Margherita – Matilda (Broadway)|
|Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton (Broadway)|
|HollywoodReporter.com – Laura Benanti|
I honestly could go on and on about what Theatre Etiquette should be but to be honest, it should just speak for itself. I think some people forget that these performers put on a show 8 times a week for our pleasure, so the least we can do is show them some respect. When you next go to the Theatre, think about these pet peeves and take them into consideration so that everyone can have a pleasurable experience.