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On sleeping in the theatre

The seats are comfy, the theatre is warm, and you ate before the show

By John Heilpern   November 2000

am i wrong, or are people sleeping in unprecedented numbers at the theatre? Of course, it depends how good the show is-but not necessarily. In spite of the limited leg-room, the theatre has always been a cosy place for a nap. It’s said that the worst sound an actor can hear is that of polite attention. But the sound of sleep is worse.

Theatre parties and block bookings for a charitable cause are notoriously big sleepers. It has a lot to do with the banquet beforehand. And the cast always knows. They can hear the crescendo of light snoring. I…

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