Fight disrupts performance of Julie at National Theatre
A performance of Julie at the National Theatre was disrupted in its final moments after two audience members became embroiled in a fight.
Another theatregoer, Samantha Andrews, wrote on Twitter that she had seen a “punch up at the end of Julie” and added that the incident had “ruined the end of the show”.
Olivia Baker, who was also in the audience, said those in the circle had not applauded the performance because they were distracted by the fight.
She added that two people were “shoving each other” and everyone was watching “worried they would fall” rather than “cheering the stunning cast”.
Yes two people shoving each other! Everyone was watching them, worried one would fall, rather than cheering the stunning cast.
— Olivia Baker (@ZestOfALemon) June 3, 2018
Helen Jerome said the fight had been between “two middle-aged blokes”.
As if there wasn’t enough onstage drama 🔥 in #Julie @NationalTheatre – as the play ended tonight, a fight broke out in the circle between a couple of middle-aged blokes, held back by their respective crews 🥊 #poshscrap #leaveit #heaintworthit
— helenjerome (@helenjerome) June 2, 2018
One audience member questioned whether any theatre staff had intervened.
The noise was unnerving in that environment and not an usher insight :(
— Gemma Payne (@pleasureinpayne) June 3, 2018
The incident follows a fight at the Old Vic last year, in which an audience member claimed he was punched by another theatregoer for challenging him about using a mobile phone.
A spokeswoman for the National said: “On Saturday June 2 there was a brief altercation at the end of the performance of Julie in the Lyttelton theatre. The altercation was between two audience members and happened once the performance was complete and as the lights came up, The situation dissipated as quickly as it had begun.”