Something less significant but no less terrifying happened at the Old Red Lion in Islington last Thursday night when an audience member rampaged madly across the acting area of Happy New by Brendan Cowell. He smashed up the set, threatened audience members with violence and then ran out of the theatre.
The auditorium was over half full at the time, and it seems that audience members initially thought the destruction was part of the performance, until some of them became an unwilling part of it....
The cast of the Old Red play includes Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies) whose parents happen to live in my street, so I popped along at the weekend to ask for more details -- and to make sure Alfie himself was okay. His dad is the actor William Russell, an original cast member of Doctor Who and a fine RSC Claudius to Mark Rylance's pyjama-clad Hamlet.
Anyway, William says that the interloper was unknown to anyone in the pub theatre, and that he left the theatre after his scenographic assault and has not been seen, or apprehended, since.