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Drunk theatregoers prompt theatre to up security levels

Venue Cymru, where drunk audience members disrupted performances of The Full Monty. Photo: Chris Andrews Venue Cymru, where drunk audience members disrupted performances of The Full Monty. Photo: Chris Andrews
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A theatre in Wales has ramped up security following unruly behaviour from drunk audience members at some of its shows.

Venue Cymru, in Llandudno, said it had experienced “isolated incidents of customers behaving inappropriately at some high-profile touring productions”, which it added, had been disruptive for other audience members.

According to information provided to The Stage, there have been 16 complaints in this financial year (2017/18) alone, and most relate to a touring production of The Full Monty.

In 2016/17 there were eight complaints and in 2015/16 there were 19.

A report submitted to the local council at a recent meeting stated there had been a problem with “patrons under the influence of alcohol in the auditorium spoiling the show”.

Following the complaints, the theatre said it had increased the number of security guards for certain shows and is carrying out more bag searches to uncover alcohol that audience members may be trying to bring into the theatre.

In a statement, the venue said: “Venue Cymru has had isolated incidents of customers behaving inappropriately at some high profile touring productions. The majority of complaints we received this year (2017/18) were for the same production (The Full Monty).”

It added: “We take this issue very seriously as it is disruptive for the vast majority of our patrons who wish to enjoy a night at the theatre. In response to these incidents, we have increased the number of security staff that we have on duty at selected shows. We have also increased the number of bag searches that we carry out for shows where we believe alcohol may be an issue and we confiscate any alcohol that is found. We continue to refuse to serve patrons who we believe have taken too much alcohol and to ask patrons to leave when their behaviour is unacceptable.”

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