Are 'Sherlock' fans ruining Martin Freeman's 'Richard III' performance?
That question will never have an answer, but it's certain that some Shakespeare fans are not pleased with "Sherlock" devotees coming to performances of "Richard III" starring Martin Freeman.
Some theater critics have been especially harsh on enthusiastic "Sherlock" lovers at the performances. "I was irritated when the audience interrupted the flow of the play to clap and cheer Martin's first scene. I understand that Martin Freeman is popular, but I have no bigger pet peeve, than everything getting standing ovations these days," says Telegraph arts blogger Claire Dikecoglu.
Despite this criticism, the play's director, Jamie Lloyd, has emphatically denied that any such disruptions occurred during Freeman's performances in the Shakespearean tragedy.
The stories going around about young Martin Freeman fans clapping and cheering at inappropriate moments in #RichardIII are totally UNTRUE...-- Jamie Lloyd (@lloydjamie) July 6, 2014
A few people clapped after the first scene during the first preview. It is not unusual for an audience to clap during scene changes...-- Jamie Lloyd (@lloydjamie) July 6, 2014
It has never happened since and has been completely overblown. Ridiculous. The standing ovations have been instant & from young & old alike.-- Jamie Lloyd (@lloydjamie) July 6, 2014
Maybe Shakespeare fans and "Sherlock" fans just can't ever get along.