The Theatre Charter
Why we all need to act nowFor years I have been championing and encouraging better behaviour from theatre audiences, and friends and fellow theatregoers have often asked that action is taken.
This year, the outcry has reached fever pitch, with stories in the press on almost a weekly basis about performances being disrupted by mobile phone usage and other offences.
I am all for attracting new audiences – we need them to keep theatre alive – but bad audience behaviour is now putting off our most regular and loyal theatregoers who are fed up with paying good money for tickets only to have their enjoyment ruined by those around them. Losing their custom will be disastrous for the long-term health of the shows and theatre in general.
We need action not words and a focused and intelligent marketing strategy to galvanise a response. This Theatre Charter is a my attempt to instruct the casual and future audience members as to what is acceptable behaviour – and to assist seasoned theatregoers in encouraging observance in others.
If we can create a groundswell of support for this Charter, my hope is that theatres will also adopt and champion it with the rest of their audiences.
I am happy to champion this charter and welcome your comments, support and commitment to working together to make theatre a magical experience once again.
If you are passionate about this, please sign up to the Charter and spread the word. Let’s make a difference.
Richard Gresham, Theatre Charter founder
THE THEATRE CHARTER
We, the undersigned, promise …
Theatre Charter in the news
- Stephen Fry backs charter to switch mobiles off before the curtain goes up – The Observer, 2 August 2014
- Campaign aims to improve audience etiquette – The Stage, 31 July 2014
- Mobile switch-off: My role in the Theatre Charter movement – TerriPaddock.com, 28 July 2014
Please share any thoughts on the Theatre Charter, as well as your own experiences of good and bad behaviour at performances you’ve attended. Let’s share and learn.