Yelling at the actors, chowing down on snacks, checking your phone. All sounds like pretty standard Game of Thrones-watching behavior, right? Well, for some devout Kit Harrington fans, it’s the behavior they took with them to the Duke of York’s Theatre to watch him in Doctor Faustus.
According to an op-ed written by Richard Jordan, audience members saw no problem bringing out some Chicken McNuggets after intermission. “My night at Doctor Faustus will rate as possibly the worst West End audience I have ever encountered,” the theatre producer wrote.
Harington has jumped to defend his fans, saying it’s old school critics like Jordan that are scaring youth audiences away. "I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die of anything, it will be from exactly this type of stereotyping and prejudice aimed towards a new and younger generation of theatergoers," he told The Guardian. “I found our audiences to be hugely enthusiastic, energized and responsive. I can’t think of a greater support I’ve had as an actor on the stage.”