GMB's Richard Madeley insists 'silence is golden' amid theatre singing debate

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Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley weighed in on the theatre singing debate and insisted the audience shouldn’t ‘join in.’

This comes after police were reportedly called to Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Friday April 7 after a ‘mini riot’ broke out during a performance of The Bodyguard musical in which some audience members sang over actors.

The venue recently made efforts to stop theatre-goers from belting out Whitney Houston’s classics and disrupting the show, as bosses put signs up asking them to ‘refrain from singing’.

Some branded the scenes ‘appalling’ and ‘disrespectful’, while another said the evening was a ‘horrific experience’ as the performance stopped mid-song because of the disruption.

Addressing whether singing should be banned within the theatre, host Richard, 66, held a strong view over the matter during Monday’s instalment of the morning programme.

‘I’m sorry, call me an old fuddy-duddy, but silence is golden’ he told co-presenter Ranvir Singh.

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‘The only noise you make in the theatre is at the end when you clap or cheer, you don’t join in.’

Rewatching the viral clip again, Ranvir hailed the police’s involvement as ‘extreme.’

‘They had to stop the performance and the actors were mortified,’ she said.

Richard quipped: ‘If I’m paying £100 a ticket, excuse me I didn’t pay it to hear some drunk in the back.’

This Morning recently came under fire after the ITV programme’s presenters disagreed with a singing ban in a theatre.

Alison Hammond even said she was ‘devastated’ to hear singing was not encouraged in a conversation that was branded ‘incredibly stupid’ by theatre professionals after the majority decided the request during a production of The Bodyguard was over-the-top.

After her comments were met with backlash, the new Great British Bake Off star shared a statement on Sunday.

‘After reflection and the comments I made on Wednesday’s show I want to apologise to anyone who I offended especially the incredibly talented theatre performers, who I have the utmost respect for,’ she tweeted.

‘I had no idea the level of disruption audiences were causing and tried to make light of the topic on Wednesday’s show, and for that I’m truly sorry.’

She added: ‘I am a great supporter of theatre and the arts and would never sing at the top of my lungs at any performance, I was wrong in what I said and I’ve given this a lot of thought over the past few days and believe I was wrong.

‘On Thursday evening I attended a performance of the GBBO the musical which I absolutely loved and gave a standing ovation, theatre is a magical experience for me and my family.’

The 48-year-old concluded: ‘I want to use my platform for good as always and want to stand up with the performers, front of house and theatre staff especially after seeing what happened at The Bodyguard in Manchester, which has made me sick to my stomach.

‘Once again I am truly sorry but trust me I will do better in the future.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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