In Shakespeare’s day, heckling was common. The groundlings (people who bought cheap tickets and stood right in front of the stage) flirted, argued, got drunk, and even urinated right there, while the show was going on. The wealthier people carried on their own intrigues in the more expensive seats, including the hiring of prostitutes.
I would have hated it. Patti LuPone would have hated it more! But it was the accepted theatre-going culture of its time.
(read more--on page 11 of the pdf)I will of course continue to review shows here.