Theatre actors slam audience who watched England game on their phones
5 July 2018, 11:41 | Updated: 5 July 2018, 12:43
Imagine booking a trip to the theatre during England's biggest match for years.
That didn't stop some audience members from keeping up with England's World Cup knockout match against Colombia, which saw them win a dramatic penalty shootout on Tuesday (July 3).
Actors in the Titanic production at Nottingham's Theatre Royal branded some audience members as "disrespectful", after they were caught watching the game on their phones during the "poignant" lifeboat scene.
Kieran Brown and Niall Sheehy, who are currently starring in the musical production, claim to have seen and heard two women "clearly watching football" while sitting in the front row.
Niall said that the audience members could be heard shouting "Yes!" after each England penalty was scored.
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.— Niall Sheehy (@niallsheehy) July 3, 2018
On Twitter, he said: "To the two women in the front row tonight who not only followed the penalty shoot-out on their phone, but also said 'yes' 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."
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!😡— Kieran Brown (@Kierbro) July 3, 2018
A spokesman from the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall said that the audience had been asked to turn off their phones, saying: "We're sorry to hear that two audience members last night showed such disrespect by watching their phone during a performance, not only to the actors on stage but also to other audience members."