Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, has defended Game Of Thrones fans accused of behaving badly at his West End play.
Award-winning theatre producer Richard Jordan criticised the behaviour of some fans who attended the recent final night of Harington’s play Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s theatre in an article titled “Is this the worst West End audience ever?”
“What amazed me most was this audience, many of them Game Of Thrones fans, could see nothing wrong in talking, eating and taking pictures throughout the show – or complaining when asked to stop,” he wrote in The Stage.
Jordan proceeded to complain about audience members consuming food items including crisps, chicken nuggets, chips and popcorn during both acts of the play.
Responding to Jordan’s article, Harington told The Guardian: “I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die of anything, it will be from exactly this type of stereotyping and prejudice aimed towards a new and younger generation of theatregoers.”
“I have been a theatregoer since childhood and I didn’t feel that our audiences were disrespectful in the slightest. In the whole run of 10 weeks, I can count one time that a phone went off in the audience,” he continued.
“Of course pictures were occasionally taken, as unfortunately cannot be avoided in any audience anywhere today, but on the whole it was not a huge amount and definitely not off-putting as a performer. I found our audiences to be hugely enthusiastic, energised and responsive. I can’t think of a greater support I’ve had as an actor on the stage.”
Harington is now celebrating after receiving his first ever Emmy nomination for his performance as Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones, one of a massive 23 Emmy nominations the HBO show has earned this year.