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.
Patti LuPone has a vocal ally in Benedict Cumberbatch, currently starring in the title role in the West End production of “Hamlet,” who pleaded with fans to turn off their cell phones during performances of Shakespeare’s drama at the Barbican Centre.
“I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium. And it may not be any of you here that did that but it’s blindingly obvious, like that one there, that little red light,” the NYTimes reported Cumberbatch said to theatergoers who crowded around the stage door during the first days of a limited engagement in London. Its 12-week run ends Oct. 31 and tickets sold out in about seven hours.
Earlier that night he stopped then resumed the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy because saw a “little red light” near the third row during the performance.
If people do irritating stuff during a Broadway show, imagine how actors feel who deal with it 8 performances a week. Wait! Thanks to Patti LuPone who grabbed a cell phone from an audience member, we know exactly how they feel.
In case you missed it LuPone, who plays a super diva in “Shows for Days,” Douglas Carter Beane‘s new comedy at Lincoln Center about a community theater group in his hometown, was having a challenging day last Wednesday. Four cellphones went off, twice from the same phone, reported the NYTimes. It created, as LuPone put it, “a cacophony of noise.”