What's the difference between a no-readmittance policy and letting in latecomers?
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It's not a joke waiting for a punchline, rather it's something I've been puzzling over ever since I had my view and enjoyment of a play disturbed not once but twice by latecomers.
On entering the auditorium the usher had taken pains to tell everyone that there was strictly no-readmittance if you decided to leave for any reason.
Someone getting up to leave is disturbing for the rest of the audience and potentially the actors which, presumably, is why there is no re-admittance.
No less disturbing
But latecomers are no less disturbing, particularly if the seating is such that people have to stand up to allow access.
The play I was watching was short, about 75 mins straight through and there was very little room for pause.
I was sitting in the circle and about 20 minutes in two people were allowed to their seats in the row in front which meant a completely blocked view and jolted me away from the play.
About 10 minutes later the same thing happened.