Two in three want food banned in theatres, suggests poll

Imelda Staunton in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – audience members have been banned from taking food into the theatre. Photo: Johan Persson
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More than two thirds of respondents to a poll conducted by The Stage believe theatres should stop selling food to audience members.

The question was asked after producers announced a ban on food during performances of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in London’s West End.

However, the Harold Pinter Theatre is still offering food and drink to patrons before the show and during the interval.

Of the 1,008 respondents, 69% voted in favour of theatres no longer selling food to patrons. 31% thought theatres should continue to sell refreshments.

Imelda Staunton, who is starring as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, said in a recent interview that food should be banned in theatres.

She added: “I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing. I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”