Chaos ensues after a row breaks out at the Glasgow theater as actors are forced to leave the stage

Chaos erupted at a theater in Glasgow at the weekend after a fight broke out between audience members during a show.

The performance of Irvine Welsh’s Porn Matinee was interrupted when two women began shouting and swearing at each other at the King’s Theater.

The incident took place at the King's Theater in Glasgow


The incident took place at the King’s Theater in GlasgowPhoto credit: Alamy

The commotion resulted in several actors leaving the stage while security was called to deal with the incident.

One viewer said they were “shocked” by what they saw.

The 59-year-old said Glasgow Live: “These two women started shouting curse words at each other, very loudly. Everyone heard them during the actual show.”

“It was at the back of the stalls and after a few minutes everyone had turned around and looked at that instead of the piece, which isn’t so great. It got louder and louder.”

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“They had to turn on the lights in the house, the actors left the stage and then all the security and staff had to come and try to get them out.”

“I have never seen anything so bad. I was a little unsettled and wanted to get out of there, and I think everyone felt the same way.”

“We didn’t know how it would turn out. If something was thrown at us, we would be pulled into it. We were shocked and amazed by it.”

The viewer claims the show was stopped for five minutes while theatergoers were removed from the premises.

He added: “It’s the last place I would have expected something like this to happen. It was shocking.”

“It’s one of those things that puts you off a little bit because if you’re not safe in a matinee, when are you going to be okay again? You also spend a lot of money.”

“The production and staff were great, but the audience exhibited bad behavior and we’re seeing more of it. There is no theater etiquette.”

In February, theater bosses called on audiences to be considerate during performances to prevent anti-social behavior.

The king “politely” asked the guests not to try to “sing” the professionals on stage.

Responding to the latest incident, theater bosses said: “We want everyone who attends our shows to enjoy their experience and anti-social behavior towards our staff and audiences will not be tolerated.”

“All reception staff are trained to ensure they can safely manage any incidents in the auditorium and bag checks will be carried out based on the security alert in place.”

“At peak times the bars can get very crowded. To reduce queues, we have introduced digital at-seat ordering for trade fair visitors so they can have refreshments delivered directly to their seats.”

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Emma James

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