Keep quiet row leads to punch up at theatre

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A BRAWL broke out be­tween two women at a theatre dur­ing a per­for­mance of the mu­si­cal Chicago.

One woman asked the other to be quiet dur­ing a court­room scene in­volv­ing the char­ac­ter Roxie Hart.

But the chatterbox took um­brage - and soon the pair were scrap­ping in the aisle of the Sun­der­land Em­pire.

Po­lice were called and five peo­ple were dragged out of the theatre – where Carry On star Sid James fa­mously died on stage in 1976.

Gen­eral man­ager Ben Phillips, said: “We had to re­move five peo­ple – a lady and her part­ner and a lady, her daugh­ter and an­other guest.

“The mat­ter wasn’t drink-re­lated. It ap­pears the cou­ple were ask­ing the group of three to be quiet as they had been talk­ing through­out the show.”

He added: “I’ve never had this hap­pen at a theatre be­fore and you don’t ex­pect it at a mu­si­cal like Chicago. How­ever, our door staff have the same train­ing as bounc­ers.”

Satur­day night’s show, star­ring for­mer Eastenders ac­tor Ste­fan Booth and ex- Cor­rie star Tu­pele Dorgu, was the final show in the run.

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