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Drunks, arguments and mobiles: Actors' worst on-stage interruptions

24 December 2012 Last updated at 00:13 GMT

Earlier this year, director Sir Peter Hall apologised to Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael after he "unintentionally disrupted" her West End debut.

But interruptions during a performance are an occupational hazard for actors, who must learn to contend with everything from mobile phones ringing to arguments in the stalls.

BBC News asked a number of leading actors to recall their most memorable on-stage interruption.

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