Theatre Audience Members Shamed for Watching England's Penalties on Mobiles

By Gary Cutlack on at

Two women attending a highbrow musical theatre production have enraged the ack-tors playing on stage, thanks to shouting "Yes!" and presumably doing a small clenched-fist gesture during the England football team's recent World Cup penalty success.

The theatregoers were in Nottingham for a performance of Titanic the Musical last Tuesday, with the event -- unfortunately for some -- coinciding with England's World Cup knockout match with Colombia. Two women had the solution though, in surreptitiously streaming the match on their phones, a trick they may have got away with had they not openly celebrated the historic penalty save and Eric Dier's kick -- which we are reliably informed was a banger -- that got England through to the quarter-finals.

Actor Niall Sheehy was not impressed, though, and posted: "To the two women in the front row tonight who not only followed the penalty shootout on their phone, but also said 'yesss' on each goal scored, you are the most ignorant audience members I have ever had the misfortune to perform in front of."

The Theatre Royal in Nottingham said in a statement: "Even if audience members feel that they are being quiet or discreet in checking their phones during a performance, it is both disrespectful and distracting to the actors on stage and to the other people around them."

Meanwhile, to stop angering a possibly fictional being who's even more important than actors, the Church of England has issued a plea to people who unfortunately booked their weddings to happen this Saturday. Saturday is when the England team plays against Sweden in the next knockout match, so please, no iPlayer or "F**king GET IN HARRY!" action in the church. [Guardian]