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Is booing in the theatre ever ok?

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A recent performance of the Royal Opera House's production of Rusalka was met with boos during the curtain call.

The Observer's Hephzibah Anderson said that used "sparingly and appropriately" booing can reinvigorate the experience of being in the theatre and reminds people that the audience are awake.

"We tend to be a little bit passive when it comes to the consumption of culture," she said.

Actor and author Michael Simkin said that it is hard enough for actors to struggle through the evening "without having the audience throwing insults in at the end".

"I'm all in favour of booing as long as I'm not the one who's on stage when they're doing it," he said.


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