Police kick out rowdy theatregoers at Grease in London’s West End

Police were called to attend a performance of Grease last night to deal with a group of rowdy theatregoers.

In another sign of increasing poor audience behaviour, four people were escorted out from the venue.

Mobile phone footage shared by Sky News shows the rest of the audience chanting “out, out, out” as the police removed the troublemakers.

The person who filmed the footage told Sky: “It was the 7.30 show and it happened during the interval and delayed the second half by 20 minutes.

“Bar staff told me one had been rude or abusive and was asked to leave then others in the group got involved.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a statement: “Shortly before 8.40pm on Saturday, August 26, police received reports of two men and two women causing a disturbance at a theatre in Tottenham Court Road, W1.

“Officers attended and the group were escorted from the premises. No arrests. No injuries reported.”

Earlier this year a performance of The Bodyguard musical was cut short at Manchester’s Palace Theatre after police were called to a “mini riot” involving audience members.

“We are disappointed that the last 10 minutes of the show needed to be cancelled due to disruptive customers refusing to stay seated and spoiling the performance for others,” the venue said.

Grease The Musical continues its limited West End run at the Dominion Theatre on 28 October ahead of a UK tour.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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