A young mother has been left outraged after she was escorted out of a Melbourne theatre for having her young son with her.

Beth Caple, told 3AW she attended Thursday night’s performance of a Book of Mormon at Princess Theatre with her three-month-old son, George, but was told to leave by an usher after she breast fed her son to sleep.

“I was getting a lot of stares and was feeling quite uncomfortable,” she told host Tony Jones.

“A young gentleman came over and said the producers asked him to ask me to leave because they didn’t want to hear the child crying throughout the show.”

The young mother said she was taken aback and felt discriminated against, but was too upset to sit through the show.

She said her baby hadn’t made a sound.

“I wouldn’t have taken my child if he was going to be disruptive, and if he was, I would’ve taken him out immediately,” Ms Caple said.

Ms Caple said staff were initially helpful by changing her seat to the ground floor so she wouldn’t have to struggle with the pram, shares 9 news.

She emailed the manager of Marriner Group to express her concerns, and asked for a refund. She has not received a response.

I must say when looking on the ticket site it does actually state in bold – “Age Restriction: Not suitable for young children. Recommended for ages 17 years and over. Important Info: Contains swearing, sexual content and offensive content.”

While I understand a baby would not comprehend the language, they do add these restrictions for a good reason and I am guessing they are required to strictly adhere to them.

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  • The audio at theatres, cinemas etc. is normally very loud. I certainly wouldn’t take a baby unless earmuffs or bonnet and cottonwool was used. Did she think about the baby’s hearing. Unless the theatre was full the Mum could have sat at the back and other people moved further forward.


  • why let her through a d help with the pram just to kick her out? Personally I would not have raken a child of any age, especially give the age restrictions but what if the child had an out of character scream fest? Would she have reimbursed the other members of the audience?


  • She be as outraged as she likes but out of respect for everyone else im sorry you do not take a young baby or even a young toddler to things like this.
    Sorry Darling but this is the real world and its not all about you so drop the sense of entitlement. You are a Mum now…remember you need to set the example and teach your child respect for people and also teach your child that not everything is about them either.


  • Why would you want to rake a baby to a show like this? I saw on the news it was a very loud production, did the baby have ear muffs?


  • They could have been a bit more tolerant and permissive in my opinion.
    Somebody must have complaint because of breastfeeding or fear the baby will start crying….rather selfish.

    • It makes me sad as people are allowed to eat and drink in shows and munch and crunch and make noise, however, a mother quietly breast feeding a baby is not ok. It is disappointing to say the very least.


  • Maybe they should have been watching the show rather than the poor mum!?


  • I don’t understand. She says the baby didn’t cry. So why did they ask her to leave? Because she was breastfeeding? If that’s the reason, I would find it very discriminating.
    If the child was crying, I think that’s quite a different story. But I guess the mother would have gone out if that was the case, or at least that’s what I would have done, had I been in her place.


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