White, elderly audience members and expensive tickets have killed theater.
At least, according to the World Entertainment News Network, this is Irish actor Gabriel Byrne’s take on the state of the theater industry.
While starring in the play “A Touch of the Poet” on Broadway in 2005, Byrne proclaimed that theater is dying out.
“I looked out into the audience and the theatre was packed with well-to-do, white-haired people,” Byrne said.
“After the show I turned to one of the other actors and said, ‘Theater is dead. There’s no one under 60 out there, they’re all white and they can all afford £200 for a night.’ Seriously, theater as we’re doing it now, is dead.”
The 58-year-old Byrne, who’s currently starring in the HBO hit series “In Treatment,” is a critically acclaimed stage actor, appearing as King Arthur in “Camelot” and as Jim Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten” on Broadway.