Tabard hears endless stories about bad audience behaviour – and can only express admiration for the brave ushers who keep everything in order.
A lack of theatre etiquette, such as crunching on excruciatingly loud snacks or using a phone, is often blamed on less experienced theatregoers.
You’d think that others, including those who have enjoyed an illustrious career in theatre across many decades, would know better – but one front-of-house staff member’s experience proves otherwise.
As reported in the Daily Mail, usher Hayley Baldwin went to tell off an audience member for filming a performance – only to discover that said audience member was Andrew Lloyd Webber, recording his own show.
Baldwin tweeted: “So today I accidentally told THE Andrew Lloyd Webber off for filming his own show… guess there goes my chances of ever being in any of his shows again.”
Other performers shared similar stories. Singer Jessica Moore recalled the time she told off Cameron Mackintosh for standing in an area restricted to audience members.
She tweeted: “[I] marched over there, tapped him on the shoulder and told him to move, and then he turned around and I slowly backed away, mouthing: “Oh my God, sorry…”
Many leapt to Baldwin’s defence, telling the usher that she was just doing her job and that the same rule should apply to all. Tabard can’t help but agree.
Tabard is The Stage’s resident gossip and diarist. firstname.lastname@example.org