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Campaigns | Apps & Tech | Essential Reading | Media, News, Blogs | Theatre Organisations | Theatres

Campaigns – 

@Cumberphone Campaign – on Twitter #cumberphone

@Cumberphone Campaign – “Twibbons” – mini cumberphone logo to add to the corner of your Twitter profile to help spread the word.

@Cumberphone Campaign – on Instagram #cumberphone

@Cumberphone Campaign – on Facebook

@Cumberphone on YouTube – playlists galore

@LuPonePhone Campaign – our cousin on Broadway, warming up in the wings.

Broadway community calls for AT&T Boycott

Theatre-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?!) – see here for more information on the shared (and differing) aims of the Charter and the Cumberphone Campaign.

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

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.

West End Bares – not about phones, but just shows you what a wonderfully committed bunch actors can be in the service of a good cause.

Act For Change Project – again, not about phones, but a great campaign that shows how much can be achieved in a relatively short space of time.

Apps & Tech –

Digital Theatre

NT Backstage – National Theatre enhanced digital programmes

ATG Ordertorium (interval drinks)

Barbican Bars (interval drinks)

TodayTix (e-tickets)

ChargeBox – mobile phone charging lockers

Mobile Charging Lockers

GoChargeNow – US sports stadium phone-charge lockers

Zero Dark Thirty-style Blackouts? The Pitfalls of Geo-Fencing and Signal-Jamming

Essential Reading – 

Cumberphone Campaign launch PRESS RELEASE – September 2015

Playbill article on Cumberphone Campaign launch – Mark Shenton, Playbill, September 2015

The Stage article on Cumberphone Campaign launch – Matthew Hemley, The Stage, September 2015

Broadway World article on Cumberphone Campaign launch – Tyler Peterson, BroadwayWorld, September 2015

“Are Mobile Phones Ruining Theatre?” – Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out, October 2015

AvenueQ in U.S. produce “turn phones off” film (video) – AvenueQ, October 2015

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

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

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

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

“Broadway community calls for AT&T Boycott” – NBC, September 2015

“ATT is at it again – with adverts “promoting” mobiles at the Theatre” – Playbill, September 2015

“Patti LuPone Putting Battle Gear On” – Playbill, July 2015

“Hold the Phone, it’s Patti LuPone” – New York Times, 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

Anthony Biggs, Artistic Director Jermyn Street Theatre – What’s On Stage, July 2014

“Theatre may ban mobiles after nude filming row” – [£] – Jack Malvern, The Times, July 2014

“Distracted Hamlet loses the plot” – [£] – Jack Malvern, The Times, August 2015

“Keep your Mobiles off during Hamlet interval” – [£] – Jack Malvern, The Times, August 2015

“Phones or No Phones, That is the Question” – Bethany Heys, The National Student, October 2015

“Cumberbatch and the Digerati’s Existential Dilemma” – FT, August 2015

“I don’t need to be policed like an unruly schoolchild” – Wendy Bradley, The Guardian, August 2015

“4 reasons why Plug-Socket-Guy is my new theatre hero” – Duncan Gates, July 2015

“Why We Aren’t Signing the Theatre Charter” – Albany Theatre, August 2014

“Some Dude Did a Stupid Thing” – Natasha Tripney, Exeunt Magazine, July 2015

“Stephen Fry backs charter to switch mobile phones off” – The Guardian, August 2014

“The art police, those who call for charters, draconian action, the shaming of offenders, or for people to be frisked for mobile phones” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, August 2015

“Emphasis on etiquette seems to go against the spirit of what theatre can be and can do” – Natasha Triply, Exeunt magazine, September 2015

“Backstage in Biscuit Land – review” – Tim Bano, Exeunt magazine, September 2015

“London cinema hires team of ninjas to keep noisy film fans quiet” – Metro, September 2012

TheatreMonkey’s Guide to Audience Behaviour

“West End Kinky Boots to be the first with paperless Ticketing” – Playbill, August 2015

Hashtag, the play – June 2013

State of Play -Ticketmaster survey of Theatre behaviour, September 2013

“Do Smartphones Make Us Stupid?” – i2i Business Solutions, August 2015

“Too many pedestrians injured due to looking at their phones” – Stateline, December 2014

“Distracted Walking laws” – HandFreeInfo, February 2011

“The Dangers of Distracted Pedestrians” – New York Times, January 2011

“New York bans cell phones in Theaters” – CNN, April 2003

“Over Yonder, Where There Are No Phones” – Newsweek, December 2014

“Yondr Locks your Smartphone in a Sock” – Wired, October 2014

Zero Dark Thirty-style Blackouts? The Pitfalls of Geo-Fencing and Signal-Jamming – multiple articles

Government ‘Nudge Unit’ – Telegraph, July 2015

The Behavioural Insights Team – Government ‘Nudge’ Unit

Stoptober – Public Health England anti-smoking campaign

Media, News, Blogs and Reviews –

The Stage

FT Theatre

Guardian Theatre

Mail Arts – Baz Bamigboye

Telegraph Theatre

Times Arts [£]

Time Out Theatre

Shenton Stage

My Theatre Mates

Theatre Cat – Libby Purves reviews

Henry Hitchings

Broadway World UK

Exeunt magazine

Interval Drinks – Natasha Tripney

From The Box Office

Jonathan Baz Reviews


Postcards From The Gods

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

Love Theatre

Musical Theatre Review

Theatre Voice


Whats On Stage

Theatre Organisations –

Society of London Theatres

Equity UK


ATG Theatres

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres

Really Useful Group

Nimax Theatres

STAR tickets (Secure Tickets from Authorised Retailers)

Theatres –

National Theatre

NT Live

Digital Theatre

London Theatre Company

Kenneth Branagh Company

Michael Grandage Company


Hampstead Theatre

Park Theatre


Royal Court

Donmar Warehouse

Old Vic

Young Vic

St James Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre


The Bush

Gate Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith

Stratford East

Camden People’s Theatre

Old Red Lion Theatre

Orange Tree Theatre

Rose Kingston

Shakespeare’s Globe

Southwark Playhouse

Soho Theatre

Union Theatre

Unicorn Theatre

Theatre Royal Bath

Chichester Festival Theatre

The Crucible Theatre Sheffield

This is not an exhaustive list by any means – we’re open to any suggestions or recommendations of other websites, articles and organisations to add to those listed above – please get in touch via our Contact page.