Nimax Theatres, owner of West End venues including the Garrick and the Lyric theatres, has become the latest company to reveal it has phased out the phrase ‘ladies and gentlemen’ in public announcements.
It comes as the National Theatre announced plans to remove the phrase from front and back-of-house areas.
Producer and co-owner of Nimax Theatres, Nica Burns, told The Stage: “Nimax agrees there should be an all-encompassing welcome to the audience. Going to the theatre is a communal experience and how we address the audience should reflect that.
“‘Ladies and gentlemen’ has been phased out across our group.”
She told The Stage that back of house, “the calls are of course specific and the performer is named”.
“Each performer will be asked by the stage management in advance as to how they would like to be addressed for all calls,” she explained, adding: “For example: ‘This is the five-minute call for all members of the company’ or ‘This is the five-minute call for Dame/Miss/Ms/Judi Dench, Sir/Mr/Ian McKellen’ – whatever they have requested.”