Stealth-Phone: how to put your iPhone into “Theatre Mode”…


How to put your iPhone into “Theatre Mode”…

(or even Wedding Mode, should you wish to use it as a silent camera)

Firstly, hum “Fly Me To The Moon” – we’ll explain why later.

Siri answer theatre phone

There are many possibilities indeed!

If you merely “switch it off”, it can easily come back on – especially if it’s not in a (fairly sturdy) case and/or is rocking around in a handbag, squeezed into your trouser pocket or lolling in your jacket on the floor under your seat, being footsied by you or the person behind.

(one of the proposals in our Manifesto is for seat-backs to come equipped with a pocket – to protect against such common handbag/trouser/jacket-related accidents – and so you’ll also always know where it is if you need to grab it should it by some mistake go off anyway – no more endless rummaging)

“Silent” often means “vibrate” – and even whilst supposedly “silent” there are plenty of other ways your phone can still go beeb-beep-swoosh-ping – or even play loud Music. (And, again, that little “silent” switch is very easy to flick back on by accident). Also, Silent will usually only affect the Ringer volume – Alarms and Music have their own.

“Airplane mode” alone won’t do it – your phone doesn’t need contact with the outside world to still insist on having (noisy) intrusive contact with you, such as sending Calendar Reminders.

“Do Not Disturb” is a vital tool, but only if the settings are right (i.e. no access for repeated calls, no access from favourites, activate for not just in lock screen, etc). It pretty much does what most of us assume Airplane mode does.

And don’t forget every pocket-dialler’s nightmare: “Voice Control” – you’ll need to switch on Siri instead, and then disable that as well (by activating Airplane mode). And no, having a Passcode is pretty useless for these purposes.

Oh, and check for any Alarms too – those pesky little devils will break through any privacy barriers you attempt to erect!

And we have a brief look at Brightness, Volume (there’s more than one Volume lurking on your phone) and Sounds (click click click) just for good measure too, though if your phone’s properly set into Theatre Mode, these shouldn’t be an issue, but useful to be aware of nonetheless.

Then you shouldn’t actually need to turn it off. But it’s probably safest that you do (and sets a good example to others around you) – and then even if it turns itself back on it will remain in Stealth Mode.


Below, we show you how to make your iPhone (*) into a little black-clad Ninja on a Stealth mission not to embarrass you at the Theatre by going off in your pocket or handbag. Which, to quote our own great Barbican Dane, is indeed truly “mortifying”.

(*) Android phones have similar settings, but are in the process of revising and rolling out their new “Interruptions/Do Not Disturb” functions – so we’ll hopefully explore them further at a later date)

(Yes, we know Windows phones and Blackberries and others are in the mix too, and we’ll hopefully get to those in due course, but it’s Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids that are the big players)

What we really need is for the phone companies to provide a true one-swipe-one-touch function (like Airplane mode) that does all of this for us. (see our Manifesto)

We’d no doubt suggest the name “Theatre Mode”, with the symbol being the Comedy/Tragedy masks, but the tech companies would probably and understandably wish instead to opt for something cool like “Stealth Mode”, with the symbol a Ninja mask or a Submarine or a simple big fat “X”.

Hey – Facebook finally introduced a Dis-Like button after repeated public requests, so you never know – the collective star power of the Theatre might help nudge them into it one day soon?

First one to come up with it gets a free ad jingle from Andrew Lloyd Webber and a poster-splashing endorsement from Dame Judi perhaps, and a Bond tie-in from Daniel Craig in his final film franchise farewell? 😉

In the meantime, it’s up to us. So for all you diligent souls out there who want to do the right thing, but who’ve had their phones go beep even when you thought they were silenced, or who’ve had them turn back on when you could have sworn you’d turned them off, this is for you.

You can follow these (relatively) simple steps to put your iPhone into “Theatre Mode”…

This also works well for Weddings and Funerals, when you might wish to keep your phone on to use it as a camera (or clock, or calculator, etc), but don’t want it to make a peep!

It may seem an overly-detailed set of instructions, but it’s really quite straightforward, and we’d rather err on the side of being comprehensive and comprehensible to all!




Ask Sirir Stealth phone


Settings Main

Settings > General

Settings General

General > Siri

Siri enabled

Siri > toggle ON

Enable Siri

Select Enable Siri

Setting Airline off

Return to main Settings > Airplane mode > toggle right to turn it ON

Siri Not Available needs internet

Return to your Home screen by tapping the Home button.

Now hold down Home button to check…

Siri is now disabled. Try the same in your Lock-screen. No more pocket-dialling worries.


[note – Airplane mode deactivates WiFi if you’re connected to it, but you can then re-active WiFi whilst already in Airplane mode. (Yep, that’s right, you can use WiFi on airplanes now – no more respite for weary business-travellers or downtime for holiday-makers). So if the Theatre has WiFi and you’ve been using it during the interval whilst still in Airplane mode, then you’ll need to make sure your WiFi is turned back off, otherwise Siri will work again.]

You can now de-activate Airline mode. We’ll re-activate it again later.


Having a Passocde for your phone also disables Siri whilst in Lock-screen (but only if you have “Require Passcode: Immediately” selected as well as Siri toggled off in the “Allow Access” sub-menus in the Passocde section of Settings.  But Passcode won’t disable Voice Control. Neither will Airplane mode. And one of Voice Control’s favourite things to do, even more frequently than dialling someone (you can actually disable Voice Calls via a Passcode sub-menu) is to play Music from your iPhone. And besides, for many people, having a passcode is a bit of an inconvenience. So trust us, forget Passcode as a possible solution. And switch from Voice Control to Siri.


Once you activate Do Not Disturb (with the correct settings) you will still be able to receive texts and notifications etc – but you just won’t be bothered by them. No sounds, no buzzing, they won’t even pop up on your home screen. (They will however, still be stored in your Notifications list – depending on which apps and functions you have selected to be included. You can access your Notifications like you do the Control Centre, except it’s via the top of your screen instead of the bottom – see below for info about Control Centre)

Setting Airline off

Settings > Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb Manual off

The “Manual” toggle at the top is a way to turn it on right now. But you needn’t just yet – you can return here to turn it on, or easier still you can activate it it via your Control Centre – accessible by swiping up from your Home screen (more on this further down).

Do Not Distube Scheduled period on

You can have a scheduled Do Not Disturb period if you wish (e.g. whilst you’re asleep) – this won’t be affected by manually activating/deactivating Do Not Disturb.

Or you can have no scheduled Do Not Disturb session, it doesn’t matter.

Do Not Distirn No One Always

The important THREE things to ensure are:

  1. Allow Calls From > No One (it’s probably set to Everyone or Favourites – see pic below)
  2. Repeated Calls > toggle to OFF
  3. Silence > select Always – otherwise if you happen to be quickly checking your phone for, say, a text or notification (and therefore not on your lock-screen), it’ll start buzzing and pinging you, assuming you’re now ok to be disturbed.

Allow calls ffrom No-one

Allow Calls From > select No One


Control centre swiped nothing on

Access your Control Centre via your Home screen or on your Lock screen (but try it from your Lock screen first, it’s easier – there’s a little white dash/tab bottom centre, and you don’t have to worry about clicking other apps like Mail or Safari by accident).

Swipe Up from bottom centre – your Control Centre will appear (if it doesn’t, see bottom of this section).

(you can get rid of it by swiping down from that little black dash/chevron).

Control Centre swiped Do Not Disturb on

Touch the Moon icon to activate Do Not Disturb mode.

Once you’ve activated Do Not Disturb, test it out – send yourself an email, set a reminder. Nothing pinging/buzzing, right?

(note – if you (or someone else) send yourself a tester iMessage or SMS text, for some reason it will still ping/buzz/notify when you’re either within Messages or elsewhere on your phone – don’t worry, you’ve still activated Do Not Disturb correctly – it won’t come through to you as a buzzing, pinging notification when you’re at your Lock-screen – send a text and immediately lock your phone using the top right on/off button – no buzz/ping, right?)

Control centre swiped Do Not Disturb and Airline on

Touch the Airplane icon to activate Airplane mode.

Control Centre swiped brightness up

You can now swipe your Control Centre down and then navigate around your phone, take photos, look at your calendar, look at your photo library, write a note, whatever – swipe up to your Control Centre to check… both Airline mode and Do Not Disturb are still activated: the Airplane and Moon icon are still lit up.

Setting Airline off

If you can’t find your Control Centre by swiping up, go to Settings > Control Centre

Control Centre settings

Make sure Access on Lock Screen is toggled to ON

(and Access Within Apps too if you fancy)


Even with “Do Not Disturb” activated, Alarms will still get through and make sounds!

Control centre check alarms

You can access your Alarms via the Clock icon on your Control Centre.

Alarms 20.45 turned off

Your morning alarm? You can leave that, it’s ok (unless perhaps you’re at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and seeing a breakfast show!)

Alarms 07.45 and 20.45

But do make sure you scroll down all the way to make sure some random alarm you set last night isn’t still toggled to on.

Alarms no alarms

You can also have a quick check on Stopwatch and Timer via the menu icons at the bottom to double-check those too if you’re feeling particularly paranoid.


OK – you’re now ready to go.

You’ve taken your seat. You’ve been reading the digital programme. You’ve been tweeting about the show you’re about to see, including the theatre’s and actors’ twitter handles and the show’s hashtag. You’ve used the theatre’s app to pre-order your interval drinks. You’ve texted the babysitter to remind them of the likely interval and finish time. You’ve taken a selfie of your group-outing in the from row, and some more snaps of the beautiful ornamental ceiling and gold-leafed Royal boxes. Quick Facebook status update: “Still can’t believe I managed to get a ticket for this, it’s going to be amazing!”

And now…

It’s time for the show.

Just hum “Fly Me To The Moon” as a reminder…

Theatre Mode final home screen

Swipe up. Touch Airplane. Touch Moon. Swipe Down.

“…into a Silent Sunset”

(Brightness and Music Volume down for good measure too)

Airline mode red phone dot do not disturn icons main screen

Home screen – Airplane icon top left? Moon icon top right? You’ve checked Alarms, right?

(Don’t worry about that little location arrow in the top right. Even in Airplane mode (and even when you’ve not got any apps open that use it, like Maps) it still likes to come on every now and again to ping a satellite and check it’s got the right time and date. And that red dot on your phone icon means it’s going straight to voicemail.)

Lock screen Ringer Silent Airline and Do Not Disturb

Flick the switch on the left hand side of your phone to Silent for good measure.

Lock your phone (one click of on/off button on top right of phone).

Your phone is now in “Theatre Mode” – a.k.a. “Stealth Mode”.

You can now turn it off with confidence. If it turns back on in your pocket or handbag, it will do so with these settings retained – go ahead, give it a try. Airplane and Do Not Disturb and Silent are still activated, right?

If you don’t need or want to turn it off (e.g. if you want to use it as a Camera at a wedding), then ok – snap away with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you won’t make a sound…

PS – Your camera flash might still make a nuisance of itself though  – see the Lightening icon, top left, within Camera: click it to select between Auto [light-dependent], On [permanent], or OFF.

And relax. 😉

What we really need is for the phone companies to provide a true one-swipe-one-touch “Stealth Mode” function (like Airplane mode) that does all of this for us. (see our Manifesto)

After all, one of the greatest challenges Theatres face is that a great many of us simply don’t want to turn our phones off. Ever. We’re not used to it. We’re not at all comfortable with the concept. We have them on in our sleep. We’ll diligently switch it to Airplane or Silent (both not nearly enough, as it turns out), but turning them off is like amputating a limb. And these challenges are only going to increase with the further proliferation and integration of tech into our very personhood.

Besides, smart phones can take an age to turn off (many mistakes can happen with assuming that you’ve turned your phone off, when it’s still buffering its way through a laborious power-down, ready to abort at the slightest provocation), and even longer to turn back on – with a short interval and the immediacy of craving instant reconnection the moment the curtain goes down (or maybe even the possibility of missing a permitted/encouraged curtain-call photo-op at the end of the show), it should come as no surprise that simply requesting audiences to “turn it off” moments before curtain-up isn’t really working as well as it should.

PPS – other than toggling “Vibrate on Silent” back to ON and easily re-adjusting your screen brightness for your daily life of phone use (and, actually, with Do Not Disturb configured correctly, you shouldn’t even need to toggle off Silent/Vibrate or turn down Brightness anyway – they’re only added extras, detailed here more for the purposes of functions that should be included in any one-touch Stealth-Phone setting), regular theatre-goers can retain these settings (although remembering to check for Alarms) and simply think “Fly Me To The Moon” before every show to re-activate Theatre Mode. Not quite as catchy as “Clunk-Click” for seat-belts, but it’s a start 😉

To share any comments, suggestions or ideas, please visit our Supporters page.

Got any tech expertise you’d be willing to offer? Please get in touch via our Contact page.

Visit our Stealth-Phone webpage for further info


Mark Shenton’s call to arms in The Stage


He called. We answered.

Read here his two recent articles outlining perfectly why we simply had to launch the @Cumberphone Campaign

“We need a big public awareness campaign” – Mark Shenton, The Stage, September 2015

“Zero Tolerance policy required” – Mark Shenton, The Stage, July 2015


Some fun essential viewing…


And so @Cumberphone was born…

“Tweet, blog, hashtag the sh*t out of this one” (video) – Benedict Cumberbatch, August 2015

…soon to be joined by our American cousin on Broadway, @LuPonePhone

“Patti LuPone: I Just wish they’d turn their phones off” (video) – ABC News, July 2015

Avenue Q have set the bar pretty high with this perfect #Cumberphone video, released on 1st Off-tober 2015!

Hugh Jackman and Patti LuPone speak out…

Some light essential reading…


Here’s some Essential Reading – there’s plenty more on our Web-links page

“We need a big public awareness campaign” – Mark Shenton, The Stage, September 2015

“Zero Tolerance policy required” – Mark Shenton, The Stage, July 2015

“Theaters Struggle With Phone Use During Shows” – New York Times, July 2015

“Mobile Phones Pests, I’d Wring Their Necks” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail, April 2013

“Tweet seats deserve to be booed out of the theater” – Curt Hopkins, March 2013

“My role in the Theatre Charter movement” – Terri Paddock, July 2014

“Other than announcements at the start of the show and vigilant theatre staff, we haven’t been given examples of any other measures being taken.” – Society of London Theatre spokeswoman, The Times [£], August 2015

Just a recent selection – there’s plenty more on our Web-links page

Cumberphone salutes Alamo cinemas


Check out these:

Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, USA – hilarious pre-movie short films, that we hope to emulate at our own theatres. See a selection below.

Orange cinema ads – that one where they frisk people and put them through metal detectors and send in the sniffer dogs – seems perfectly reasonable to us, if a little impractical.

Brief Announcements and Signs don’t seem to be doing the trick so far, do they?

The idea of having short, humorous, educational and irreverent films and performances before all shows is a key plank of the Cumberphone Campaign – so if you’re in a show or part of a company and want to make a video explaining to the audience why we should relish such a rare opportunity not to be ruled by our needy phones for an evening, then we’d love to hear from you.

We’ll be compiling a playlist on our Cumbertube YouTube channel – they can be rough and ready, they can be mere Vines or Snapchat rants, or they can be a Kenneth Branagh Disney extravaganza. Just a few fun ones to get the ball rolling, so that the power-players can see that there’s an appetite for filming proper glossy ones to screen before shows in the near future…

The aim is to enlist at least one Cumberphone Ambassador in each of our great shows in the West End and around the UK. It should be as normal as knowing who your Equity rep is 😉

We know you’re out there… Please join us now.


Cumberphone applauds the Theatre Charter


Theatre-Charter – sign up today to this excellent etiquette charter (We share the charter’s sentiments entirely – why do theatre bars sell sweets in noisy wrappers, and put ice in glasses? Why do people chatter as if they’re watching TV? And why don’t they switch off their damn mobile phones?!)

This is what it says on our Home page about the shared (and differing) aims of the Charter and the Cumberphone Campaign:-

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Here’s some more info about who we are, who we’re not, and what we’re all about…

We do not claim to have all the answers. Neither can we claim to be the only ones asking the questions. We’re just part of the ensemble, here to help enrich the harmony.

The excellent Theatre Charter was launched in July 2014 – and its founder has been a tireless and fearless champion of promoting better theatre etiquette. We’d urge all of you to read and sign the Charter if it takes your fancy, and follow them on twitter too – a voracious theatre-goer, an avid theatre-lover and a guardian of sanity and decency at the pioneering vanguard of this struggle. We applaud the Charter’s efforts, and the army of 2,000 who have already signed-up – bravo!

The Cumberphone Campaign is somewhat different. Firstly, we’re focusing solely on the issue of mobile phones. Secondly, for us it’s not so much a question of “etiquette” – for many, the very word itself raises hackles (though we of course fully support such a drive to raise standards of behaviour) – but of assisting even the most polite and diligent of theatre-going souls in mastering the art of the phone (e.g. see our Stealth-Phone guide). After all, if even Nicholas Hytner and The Stage’s Mark Shenton and Theatre Charter-backer Terri Paddock’s phones can all go off during a show, then we’re probably facing a struggle against something more than poor etiquette alone.

Above all, we want to make it fun, as we are keenly aware that the Stephen Fry-backed Charter attracted some very unjust flak last summer for being “red-trousered”, “passive-agressive”, “theatre police” etc – sadly par-for-the-course whenever us Theatrefolk have the temerity to advocate for Theatre’s special place in our society.

  • We are emphatically not a bunch of “huffy Luddite Luvvies” – we love our phones, we really do. We aim to bring together a broad spectrum of theatre-lovers, from the exasperated angry shushers to the laid-back shoulder-shruggers.

So the Cumberphone Campaign is merely here to lend a cheerful helping hand along the trail that has been blazed by our Chartist friends. Think of us, if you like, as Friends of the Earth to their Greenpeace, or as Professor Brian Cox to their Richard Dawkins.

Our Mobiles Manifesto concentrates on offering some positive steps (some far-fetched, some surely a no-brainer) that we in Theatreland can take towards better addressing this issue collectively.

There’s no panacea, no one solution.

But surely, if we all pull together, we can do better? Because at the moment, the phones are winning – but they’re our phones, so let’s show them who’s boss! They’re always going to go off from time to time no matter what we do, but at the moment we’re just making it far too easy for them. We can’t sniff at them over our pince-nez and hope for the best, but neither should we throw our hands up in the air and simply give up. It’s also understandable that so many of us these days (and that number is only going to increase with the newer generation of theatre-goers and the further proliferation and integration of tech into our very personhood) think selfies and filming and mid-show texting is ok – we’re addicted, aren’t we?

You can even use your phone on the Tube and on airplanes now. The Theatre is one of the few remaining bastions, or rather refuges – and we should aim to more enticingly sell it as such. We should think of it less as a fortress, and more as a spa – regarded not just as a place where you can’t use your phone as you normally would for the other 21 hours of your small-screen-dominated day, but rather a place where we feel we are relieved and grateful not to be able to do so. It should feel less like entering a prison camp, and more like going to your best friend’s wedding or your grandmother’s funeral – where the concern about your phone intruding upon the event is paramount (well, after the joy/sorrow of the important family occasion, naturally).

We’re not anti-phone at all. Far from it – we’re very pro-phone, and so we’d simply like Theatre to catch up a little faster please.

We want Theatre to better embrace technology (no, we’re not advocating for “tweet seats” – an “operatically stupid” idea in the eyes of many) – we want better WiFi; we want more e-ticketing and theatre apps (no, we’re not sponsored by TodayTix); we want more digital programmes and content (NT Backstage is great, and they’re finally getting a proper mobile site up soon too); we want more NT Live and Digital Theatre and the like; and we want theatres to interact with the audience through their phones far better than they do now.

Great efforts are being made to have us buy our interval drinks through ATG’s Ordertorium app (with accompanying all-seats leaflet drop) and via the likes of the Barbican Bars app. So why not make more of an effort to sell us ideas through our phones, rather than just tickets and drinks and programmes? Perhaps, for instance, we’d be more likely to turn our phones off if we were texted a link to a star-studded funny short film (like these) than blared at over a PA system?

Education and a cultural shift will only go so far however. In the West End in particular a huge proportion of the audience are from overseas or out-of-town and often irregular theatre-goers – so no amount of brilliant and ceaseless coverage in the likes of The Stage is going to have much of a direct significant impact on these folk.

So our best option is to do a better job of the pre-show routine. But this isn’t just about the announcements a few moments before curtains-up – however funny or pleading or threatening they may be. From the moment you buy your tickets, there are a number of ‘nudges’ that can be deployed to better prepare theatre-goers. We aim to better institutionalise these processes across the industry – and there’s safety in numbers. No one theatre or production wants to be that awkward, prissy, irascible nerd who won’t stop banging on about mobile phones, do they? But some can certainly blaze a trail.

Places like the Lyric Hammersmith who do so much work with young people should integrate phone-ed into their outreach, productions like the record-sell-outs that are the Barbican’s Hamlet, the Menier’s Funny Girl or the forthcoming Leicester Curve tour of Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be able to reach out to fresh parts of the audience, and we hope they embrace that opportunity. Interactive rowdy musicals like Rocky Horror, or smash hits like Mormon, can grab the audience by the figurative throat. And Hangmen at the Royal Court, well, you can see where we’re going with this.

Hampstead and the Almeida, as well as transferring brilliant productions, can also be conduits for innovative phone initiatives too. (Anyone who saw Privacy at the Donmar and who didn’t change their phone’s meta-data-gathering location settings afterwards, raise your hand.) Michael Grandage (with his great pricing initiatives) and Kenneth Branagh (nice trailers by the way) and the new regimes at the National and the Old Vic – let’s see what you’ve got. And as for the exciting new Hytner/Starr theatre – what a golden opportunity to get things right from the outset.

Sorry if this all sounds too London-centric – we just thought we should probably start by shooting the fish in that barrel first. But through the likes of ATG and START – and a dedicated band of touring actors – we hope to spread far and wide. The West End may be the epicentre of the Theatre universe, but – just as the Nicene Creed wasn’t born in Bethlehem – we fully expect some brilliant idea or shining beacon of excellence to emerge from the likes of Chichester Festival, Theatre Royal Bath, the Edinburgh Fringe, or perhaps the Sheffield Crucible with its wealth of experience hosting the ultimate of all hear-a-pin-drop events, Snooker. So it’s not just about London, and it’s not solely about “theatre” – those companies and venues who produce dance, recitals, concerts, gigs, stand-ups – there’s plenty to be learnt and shared across the board and we welcome ideas from all quarters.

Theatre can draw on the most creative, funny and inspiring bunch. Phones are a bit of an issue, aren’t they, and not just at the theatre, so let’s see if we can do something about it then shall we? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

As for the pre-show announcements – be they films, safety curtain projections, a polite FOH manager or an hilarious cast member – they need, in our view, to be more substantial. They should not be brief reminders or stern threats – they should be an integral part of the theatre-going experience. We need to consider the notion of having them more akin to the old Curtain-Raisers. And not to the detriment of, or distraction from, the main event either – but something positive that can serve to warm up the audience and bring us all together (that band playing before One Man, Two Guvnors being a superb example of how to get everyone properly in the mood). More like a 5-star gourmet amuse-bouche served ‘compliments of the chef’ than a basket of stale bread just plonked down on the table by an underpaid tip-less waiter as they monotonously read from the ‘specials’ board.

That’s not to say, of course, that one size fits all – whether that be technological or theatrical. What works in the Arcola or at The Park isn’t necessarily going to fly in Drury Lane or the Apollo. We get that.

It’s our sincere hope that this campaign can play its small part in bringing us all together to discuss these issues and explore these ideas perhaps a little better and more substantially than we’ve managed to thus far. And crucially, in discussing them, to focus on how to actually implement them and establish industry-wide best practice.

We’ll give it a go anyway. And we hope that you’ll be willing to be part of that conversation with us. At times some of our rhetoric may seem a little too strident or florid for some people’s tastes – but, hey, it’s a campaign after all, and we want it to be fun (dramatic, even, although we’ll try our hardest not too flounce too much), so we hope you’ll forgive us our foibles.

If you’ve come this far, maybe (hopefully) you’re willing to come a little further…

Along the way we’ll do our utmost to always respect the fact that theatres and those running them have a ridiculous amount on their plates – not least the most basic concerns over funding to ensure survival, and the monumental effort it takes just to put on a show – without us adding to their worries.  We don’t wish to be a thorn in anyone’s side – but instead a blooming rose. And for those wonderful performers we hope to enlist along the way, we appreciate there are a plethora of other good-causes more worthy of your attention, to say nothing of lines to learn, marks to find and digs to locate.

Most of all we’ll always aim to improve and to be inclusive – all ideas welcome, all contributions valued.

“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.” – Samuel Beckett

The Cumberphone Campaign is not an organisation – it is an idea.

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Welcome to the Cumberphone Campaign – if you’re reading this it means you’re already part of the solution!

“Tweet, blog, hashtag the sh*t out of this one” – Benedict Cumberbatch, Barbican Stage Door, August 2015

“We need a big public awareness campaign” – Mark Shenton, The Stage, September 2015

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Theatreland’s Mobiles Manifesto will be launched in October.

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