By John Nathan
27 Jul 2006
Most members of the audience had the tact to turn them on only during scene changes. Others, however, kept their coolers switched on during the 80-minute production while performers Damian Humble and Lara Pulver soldiered on in the near-100-degree heat.
Air conditioning is not as widespread in London as it is in New York. The hot summer has, itís thought, partly accounted for an estimated 25% dip in West End audience figures.
A spokesman for the Chocolate Factory, whose production of Sunday in the Park With George transferred to the West Endís Wyndhamís Theatre and will likely travel to Broadway in 2007, confirmed that options are being considered to keep audiences cool.
"The problem is the theatre canít afford in-built air conditioning,Ē said the venueís spokesman, ďand the portable versions are even noisier than fans.Ē
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