Lloyd Evans Lloyd Evans

Three cheers for booing in the theatre

Interior of Drury Lane Theatre. From R. Ackermann’s Microcosm of London, 1808. Credit: Bridgeman Images

In the theatre, to boo is taboo. There was an exception last week when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s name was booed by the crowd at the final performance of his musical Cinderella after a letter written by him to the cast, in which he called the show a ‘costly mistake’, was read out on stage.

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