Michael Sheen stops performance of Under Milk Wood because of phone interruptions
Welsh acting star Michael Sheen has stopped a performance of Under Milk Wood because of constant phone interruptions from members of the audience.
Dylan Thomas’ famous play was underway at The National Theatre in London yesterday when the Welshman took the unprecedented move of stepping out of character to address the audience after the matinee performance was constantly interrupted by phone calls, ringtones and numerous ‘pings’ of notifications.
“We haven’t waited this long to be in a theatre to listen to your phones. Turn them off. I’ll wait.”
A clearly frustrated Sheen was then met with bursts of applause and cheering from the auditorium.
Acknowledging the incident on Twitter in response to @UnderstudyJim’s blog, the actor posted: “I felt terrible for coming out of the play and breaking the illusion but it was happening so often I felt it had to be addressed as it was spoiling the experience for everyone.”
Under Milk Wood continues at The National Theatre until Saturday, July 24.
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