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An open letter to the national press...

I haven’t quite simmered down following the snobbish tweets put out by certain journalists this evening about people who have tickets for Hamlet. Which is probably why this will be more of a rant than a measured response. Journalists of Great Britain (I haven’t included American or worldwide journalists in this because so far they’ve actually shown RESPECT) - get down from your moral high ground, take a huge step back, and look properly at who you’re talking to. You are offending a large number of people, most of whom will probably not read your paper again. It’s hardly a loss to us, however, if you continue to print the mindless, inane, clickbait garbage you are at the moment. It doesn’t make you look clever. It makes you look stupid. And frankly, a little bit jealous. Anyone would think you didn’t have a ticket, and were having a little sulk. Whether or not this is someone’s first trip to the theatre or their 100th, you are belittling the audience of this sell-out production and you are effectively belittling the cast and crew who have worked so hard to make this the best they can. You are insulting them. You are insulting us. WE ALL KNEW there wasn’t going to be a stage door. You - oh great NCTJ-trained writers - made a story up inventing a response from us as an audience. So….Let me draw your attention to the legal term for defamation: “Defamation: Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.” (Source: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Defamation+of+character) Everything this statement says, sums up how you treat us. You are making us look like fools, in every article you write. You are making a mockery of us. Yes I am fuming, yes I am probably ranting. But I know I am right.