WEST End theatre goers have complained after a man watched Apocalypse Now on a 42 inch plasma TV during a performance of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker.
Audience members said Tom Booker, 33, started watching the Vietnam War epic shortly into the performance and continued despite some very pointed coughing.
Emma Bradford said: “The sound of Ride of Valkyries as the helicopters attack a Vietnamese village made it hard to concentrate on the Pinteresque pauses in the show. He just didn’t seem to care.”
Booker had watched more than an hour of the film before a member of the cast was forced to break character and confront him.
Norman Steele, who plays Davies, shouted at Booker: “Do you think Marlon Brando would have put up with this?”
It was not until the beginning of the second act, when Booker’s DVD began to skip, that he decided to turn it off and watch the rest of the show in silence.
He said after the show: “Yeah it was pretty good. It could have done with a helicopter in it, but I’m glad I stayed until the end.”