No charge for Hand to God mobile phone charger

No charge. Photo: nito/shutterstock.com No charge. Photo: nito/shutterstock.com
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What do you do when your phone dies at the theatre? Shrug, I imagine, and pop it in your pocket, no longer in danger of interrupting the show with your tinny Les Miserables ringtone.

Over on Broadway, however, one audience member at Hand to God had a different idea. So desperate was he to charge his phone that he climbed on stage minutes before the play was due to start, and plugged it into one of the sockets in the set.

According to one witness, the play’s backstage crew had to stop the music, remove the phone, and then make an announcement explaining – for the sake of all those Americans in attendance – exactly why you’re not allowed to get on stage and attempt to boost your phone battery.

It could be, of course, that this man’s actions were really a huge compliment to Beowulf Boritt, the set designer behind the fake plug sockets that proved too realistic to resist.

But Tabard does hope that people understand the things they see on stage aren’t real. Not to be a dream crusher, but they’re not really cats in Cats, you know. The horse in War Horse is just a puppet. Kristin Scott Thomas isn’t actually the Queen – although Tabard personally doesn’t think this idea’s been given the discussion it deserves.

Difficult as it is to believe, the helicopter in Miss Saigon isn’t real either, and Tabard certainly doesn’t recommend climbing on stage in an attempt to hitch a lift.

You wouldn’t be headed to America, just a disgruntled stage manager and a smacked bottom.