November 23, 2005

British Theater Actor Richard Griffiths Yells at Audience Member With Ringing Phone

Interesting sidenote: Griffiths, who had a role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was raised by deaf parents.

from the London Theater Guide:

Richard Griffiths, star of Heroes at the Wyndham’s theatre, took matters into his own hands after one woman’s mobile went off not once but three times, during a matinee performance last Saturday.

At the third interruption, which occurred near the end of the play, 58-year-old Olivier winner Griffiths stopped in the middle of his speech, approached the guilty party in the third row, and angrily suggested that she leave the theatre.

“He just had enough, so he walked to the front of the stage and asked her if her f***ing phone was going to ring one more time or could he finish the play,” says David Pugh, producer of Heroes. “He said ‘there’s 750 people sitting in here, and if I was them I’d sue you for spoiling their afternoon. In fact why don’t you leave the theatre now, f*** off’, and it brought the house down. There was standing ovation.”