We returned from the interval of Magic Flute to find the chorus milling on stage and the orchestra musicians, in a raised pit, chatting among themselves. Since this was a Simon McBurney production, we assumed this was part of the show.
After about ten minutes, someone in the top-priced seats started a slow handclap. Few joined in. A house manager came on stage with a microphone. ‘I’m sorry to tell you that there has been a medical emergency with a patron in the upper balconies,’ he said. ‘An ambulance crew has arrived and the person is being made comfortable before being taken to hospital. Thank you for your understanding.’
A small murmur ran through the house. Five minutes later, the show resumed. All very English, professional and low-key, as you’d expect at English National Opera.
As for the show, I need to mull on it a bit.