Mobile phones ruining the theatre Blame the middle aged Sherlock star says

first_imgHugh Jackman: not a fan of phones ringing in the theatre “Because if they’re fans of Sherlock or something like James Bond, [people assume] they’re not possessed of the qualities necessary to spend hours in the theatre without Snapchatting. Publicity shots for Andrew Scott in Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 It is the absolute blight of the modern theatre: the flashing lights and relentless ringing of a mobile phone piercing the stalls.But critics should not be too hasty to blame the younger generation, one actor has warned, as he claims the culprits are in fact the middle-aged.Andrew Scott, star of BBC Sherlock and Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre, has said young fans are unfairly blamed for disrupting the theatre, being written off as “savages” without evidence. The following year, he threatened to leave the stage when phone ringing three times interrupted a performance of the History Boys on Broadway. It helps pivot debate towards mastery of phone, opposed to false lazy assumption of yoof vs “etiquette”. FOH & Actors witness daily reality. https://t.co/kX3a25bmt7— Cumberphone Campaign (@cumberphone) April 30, 2017 Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 The Cumberphone Campaign, a social media movement named for Benedict Cumberbatch’s plea to theatregoers, said Scott’s comments were “spot on”, helping to “pivot debate towards mastery of phone, [as] opposed to false lazy assumption of yoof vs ‘etiquette’.”In 2015, Cumberbatch issued a personal plea at the Barbican stage door, insisting phone use was becoming “blindingly obvious”.“I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium,” he said.Last year, Richard Jordan, an award-winning theatre producer,  described  “possibly the worst West End audience I have ever encountered” after seeing Kit Harington from Game of Thrones in Doctor Faustus.  Hugh Jackman: not a fan of phones ringing in the theatre In fact, he argued, ringing mobile telephones invariable belong to their technophobic elders, who ignore them or struggle to switch them off as actors watch on helplessly from the stage.Scott is one of a cohort of television stars luring young fans into the theatre, with those who have admired his work as Moriarty in Sherlock stretching their cultural tastes to Shakespeare.His colleague Benedict Cumberbatch did similarly at the Barbican, while Kit Harington transferred some of the buzz from Game of Thrones to the West End last year. As a second phone went off, co-star Craig added: “Just get the phone.”In 2013, Diana Quick improvised a cutting retort during The American Plan at the St James Theatre in London, staying in character to tell a phone owner: “That’s an awful habit.” Kit Harington in Game of Throneslast_img read more

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