Re: World gone mad!!
No big deal to me.
It would make no difference to me whether the theatre called the audience “Ladies & Gentlemen” or if they announced “Audience, please be seated”
I go to the theatre a lot and I couldn’t tell you whether they even have an announcement at the beginning of the performance. I usually listen for the warning bells that are sounded in all areas of the building to let you know when it’s time to make your way to the auditorium and take or resume your seat.
I don’t understand why folk get so agitated when organisations decide to use more inclusive language. If this change of announcement hadn’t been reported in the press, I bet most people wouldn’t even notice they had changed the wording of the announcements when they attended the theatre.