Andrew Scott still remembers a theatregoer distracting him during a performance of Hamlet (Picture: Emma McIntyre/WireImage)
Andrew Scott has shared an example of incredibly rude audience behaviour that saw him refuse to continue a performance of Hamlet.
However, this one takes the biscuit as an audience member actually unpacked his laptop while Scott and his castmates were acting.
The Sherlock and Fleabag star, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his turn as the Prince of Denmark in the Almeida Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s play in 2017, still remembers the occurrence.
‘When I was playing Hamlet, I promise you this is true, a guy took out his laptop – not his phone,’ the 47-year-old began, explaining that it looked like the man in question had decided to check his emails during the performance.
Of course, he had also chosen the most famous moment of the entire play.
The actor starred in the Shakespeare play in 2017, but was shocked when someone opened their laptop in the theatre (Picture: Manuel Harlan)
‘I was in the middle of “to be or f**king not to be” and I was pausing and they [the stage team] were like, “Get on with it” and I was like, “There is no way”,’ he told the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast in an appearance with Claire Foy.
‘And he didn’t realise! I’d stopped for ages.’
Eventually, it fell upon the woman next to him to alert the theatregoer to what was happening, with him then eventually putting his computer away.
It’s also unsurprising that Scott, who will next be seen in the heartbreaking All of Us Strangers, noticed seeing as the Almeida is one of London’s most intimate prestige venues, with just 325 seats.
‘He didn’t realise! I’d stopped for ages,’ Andrew revealed
‘He had absolutely no doubts,’ recalled Scott over the audience member’s behaviour.
Last year, This Morning sparked a backlash from actors, theatre makers and some fans after Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary and Vanessa Feltz debated if audience members should sing along at jukebox musicals while professional actors were performing onstage.
Their conversation was branded ‘incredibly stupid’ by theatre professionals after the majority decided the request for theatregoers to keep quiet during a production of The Bodyguard currently playing in Manchester was over-the-top.
Great British Bake Off host Hammond had said she’d be ‘devastated’ to learn she couldn’t sing along and added: ‘I’m not even going to go to that show now.’
Andrew will next be seen in All of Us Strangers opposite Paul Mescal (Picture: Parisa Taghizadeh/Searchlight Pictures via AP)
Feltz chimed in: ‘Isn’t the whole point of going to a musical that you know that you sing along to all the bits you know and when you don’t know the words you just make them up?’
Subsequently, police were called to Manchester’s Palace Theatre for that very same production after reports of two women disrupting the show and being dragged out of the audience in a ‘mini riot’.
The performance was then cancelled, with pundits missing out on the final 10 minutes.
Alison Hammond and This Morning were embroiled in a theatre etiquette row last year (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/Shutterstock)
In the wake of the shocking event, Hammond issued an apology on Instagram, admitting: ‘I had no idea the level of disruption audiences were causing and tried to make light of the topic on Wednesday’s show, and for that I’m truly sorry.’
She also said that she believed she was ‘wrong’ in what sje said and ‘would never sing at the top of my lungs at any performance’.
‘I want to use my platform for good as always and want to stand up with the performers, front of house and theatre staff especially after seeing what happened at The Bodyguard in Manchester, which has made me sick to my stomach,’ the 48-year-old concluded.
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