Laurence Fox drops c-bomb at theatre heckler
Published 09/03/2016 | 18:01
Actor Laurence Fox used the c-word to rebuke a heckler during a live performance at London's Park Theatre.
The star of ITV's Lewis is currently playing French statesman Charles de Gaulle in The Patriotic Traitor, written and directed by Yes Minister's Jonathan Lynn.
According to the Evening Standard, Fox scolded a man who had been sitting in the front row.
"I won't bother telling you the story because this c*** in the front row has ruined it for everybody," he is quoted as saying.
Fox left the stage and did not return for the final bow.
A spokesman for the Finsbury Park venue said: "Park Theatre takes the welfare of its performers, staff and patrons very seriously.
"We are investigating the incident, and have no further comment at this time."
A spokeswoman for Fox, 37, declined to comment. However, posts alluding to the incident appeared on Twitter, and Fox confirmed his annoyance at what had happened.
BBC producer Lewis Vickers tweeted: "Exceptional performance of #PatrioticTraitor @ParkTheatre and @LozzaFox (Fox's Twitter handle) dealt brilliantly with that cunning stunt at the end."
Fox replied: "He was a cunning stunt wasn't he? Apologies for my being a cunning stunt as well ... So glad you liked it."
Vickers added: "I thought you dealt with it quite well in the circumstances. I hope the rest of the run goes well."
The Patriotic Traitor centres on the relationship between de Gaulle and Philippe Petain, played by Tom Conti.
Formerly close friends, the two men ended up on opposite sides in World War II.
Fox is a member of the famous acting dynasty that includes his father James, best known for The Servant and Downton Abbey.
His uncle Edward starred in The Day Of The Jackal and also portrayed King Edward VIII in ITV's Edward & Mrs Simpson.
Fox's cousins Emilia and Freddie also act, and are known respectively for the BBC's Silent Witness and Channel 4's Cucumber.