If I didn’t like Richard Griffiths for his wonderfully-horrible depiction of Harry Potter’s Uncle Vernon, he’d be at the top of my list of admired people for breaking the fourth wall when a theatre-goer’s cell phone ring interrupted a performance. Bravo, Mr. Griffiths.
Unfortunately, he won’t be doing that any longer. I may just sit down for a Harry-fest in his memory.
When a 2005 West End production he was starring in was interrupted by a ringtone, he halted the show and addressed the culprit from the stage: “Could the person whose mobile phone it is please leave? The 750 people here would be fully justified in suing you for ruining their afternoon.”