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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

British theatre now issuing 'trigger warnings' to avoid upsetting audience


A major British theatre company is now issuing 'trigger warnings' at its more risqué performances to avoid upsetting audience members.

According to an update on the Royal Court's (RC) website, the theatre now provides special advice to customers wanting to talk about a play's content before watching it, to prevent "extreme distress."

"We don't want to spoil anyone's experience of a new play at the Royal Court and therefore avoid giving too much away when promoting the play," the site's trigger warnings section now reads.

"However we're also conscious that these moments can be particularly distressing for some individuals. If there are certain themes that you know would cause you extreme distress and you'd like to speak to one of the Royal Court team to find out more about a show before you book [you] can call the Box Office."

Although the company has never been criticized for the content of its performances, the Royal Court's latest performances of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice comes with an anti-Semitism warning.

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