If it’s not one thing, it’s another for actors on stage. During the first preview of Keira Knightly’s Broadway debut in “Thérèse Paquin’ Thursday night (Oct. 1), a fan began shouting his love for her and proposed marriage before being escorted out by security.
He tossed a bouquet of roses onto the Studio 54 stage before he was hauled away, which is kinda scary because you being never know what’s really inside.
Cumberbatch anti-phone campaign
A campaign inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch that is aimed at tackling the use of mobile phones in the theatre has been launched. His sold out, starring role in “Hamlet” in London has been drawing non-traditional theatergoers and, apparently others who don’t care, who’ve been recording him while on stage. The Cumberphone Campaign was launched to combat that problem. Read more here.
Other actors speak out
May 31, 2006: A cell phone goes off during a matinee of “The History Boy” son Broadway. The late Richard Griffiths—who
had also shamed owners of ringing mobile phones during previous interruptions when the play ran in London—stops the show and starts a scene over from the beginning, warningthe audience that he would only do so once.
June 21, 2009: Patti LuPone, in concert in Las Vegas, sees someone in the audience taking pictures. She stops the show and asks what’s going on out there, but receives no response. And it’s not her first time at that particular rodeo: earlier in 2009, during a Broadway performance of “Gypsy,” she stopped the show when someone else tried to take a picture.
Sept. 23, 2009: A cell phone goes off during a performance of “A Steady Rain” on Broadway…and, minutes later, goes off again. Stars Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig stop the play to admonish the offender—and the entire incident was caught on video.