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‘If you’re that sensitive, don’t go to the theatre’: Dame Judi Dench, 89, hits out at rise of trigger warnings ahead of performances

Dame Judi Dench has suggested if people are sensitive enough to need a trigger warning, then they should stay away from the theatre.

The actress, widely considered one of Britain’s greatest actors, said she was shocked to learn that such pre-show warnings even exist.

Trigger warnings ahead of performances have become increasingly commonplace in recent years, warning audiences of violence, abuse, bereavement, loud noises and even references to smoking.

When asked about her opinion on such alerts, the 89-year-old Bond star told this week’s Radio Times: ‘My God, it must be a pretty long trigger warning before King Lear or Titus Andronicus.

‘I can see why they exist, but if you’re that sensitive, don’t go to the theatre, because you could be very shocked.

In February, Ralph Fiennes called to end trigger warnings at theatres suggestingthat audiences have ‘gone too soft’.

The Harry Potter star, 61, said that stage performances should leave audiences ‘shocked and disturbed’ adding that the element of surprise is ‘what makes theatre so exciting’.

He told the BBC: ‘I think audiences have. We didn’t used to have trigger warnings.

‘There are very disturbing scenes in Macbeth, terrible murders and things, but I think the impact of theatre is that you should be shocked and you should be disturbed.

‘I don’t think you should be prepared for these things and when I was young we never had trigger warnings before a show.’

And last year, Sir Ian McKellen blasted trigger warnings after he ridiculed the signs at his own play, Frank and Percy, at The Other Palace London.

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