Madonna ramps up battle with London Palladium as she vows to get ‘arrested’ in bizarre stage rant

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Madonna was reportedly heard saying she ‘hopes someone will arrest her’ at the end of her show at the London Palladium on Thursday night. 

The singer, 61, is currently performing her Madame X show at the theatre and has accused the London Palladium of trying to ‘censor’ her by pulling the curtain down after she ran over curfew on Wednesday night. 

The following night, The Mirror reports that Madonna hit out at the theatre once again and said on stage: ‘You know there’s an iron curtain waiting for me. Some handcuffs? I hope someone will arrest me.’ 

She allegedly told the crowd at the end of her show, she doesn’t have time to ‘play around’ and that the theatre’s curfew has put her on a ‘stopwatch’.   

‘I’m here to tell stories, and if you punish me, then I don’t want to tell stories,’ Madonna reportedly vented. ‘So have a word with Westminster council.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Madonna and a spokesperson for the London Palladium. 

Hours earlier on Thursday, Madonna shared a video of the moment the curtain came down on Wednesday night at 11pm, which she then pushed through to continue performing with her backing dancers.  

In a video she can be heard screaming: ‘F*** you, motherf****er’, as the curtain descends, before returning to the stage to perform, I Rise. 

She captioned the clip: ‘Artists Are Here to Disturb the Peace…………….

‘It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew–we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons.

‘Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt………….. Many Thanks to the entire Audience who did not move and never left us. Power to The People!!’

Madonna was scolded about the incident by a follower, who commented: ‘Bravo to the theater. This should of been done in the states. You need to learn to not be super tardy.’ 

Unrepentant, Madonna hit back: ‘you should stay home and rest!! This show is not for you.’ 

A spokesman for LW theatres told MailOnline: ‘Contrary to a number of reports, at no point during last night’s performance did staff at The London Palladium pull down, or attempt to pull down, the Iron Fire Curtain.’  

The incident comes after it was reported that Madonna is being sued by two fans for reportedly being late on-stage.

The Vogue hit-maker is the subject of a class-action lawsuit from Antonio Velotta and Andrew Panos, who claimed they waited hours past the advertised start time of her Madame X shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 21 and October 1.

TMZ reports the pair also allege the iconic songstresses’ tardiness reduced the value of the tickets and that concert promoter Live Nation denied a refund on the tickets. 

The pair pointed to similar delays at other shows in the suit, in which they have named both Madonna and promoters Live Nation.

Legal documents stated: ‘By the time of the concerts’ announcements, Madonna had demonstrated flippant difficulty in ensuring a timely or complete performance.

‘And Live Nation was aware that any statement as to a start time for a show constituted, at best optimistic speculation.’

The advertised start time was 8.30pm but the September show allegedly didn’t begin until three hours later, while in October, Madonna took to the stage at 10.40pm – more than two hours late. 

The pair claim the delays left them stranded when the shows finished in the early hours of the morning because they missed scheduled trains or other rides home,

They also said the unannounced hold-up – which they maintain Madonna admitted was her fault – ruined their plans for the following day.

And due to a ban on phone usage at the concerts, the men say they were unable to arrange alternative ways of getting home.

The pair are seeking damages and lawyer fees and are suing for breach of contract, loss of value, false advertisement and negligent misrepresentation.

MailOnline contacted representatives for Madonna and Live Nation for comment. 

In November 2019, a fan in Florida named Nate Hollander, sued Madonna after the singer changed her set times for her gig on December 17 in Miami Beach.

He explained in court documents he had bought three tickets for a December gig back in August, which was scheduled to begin at 8.30pm.

However, after she later switched her start times to 10.30pm, he claimed that made the tickets much less valuable and he had been denied a refund on the $1,024.95 he had paid. 

Madonna had been arriving late to shows on her current Madame X tour, which takes its title from her latest studio album. 

Her gig in November at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was meant to start at 10:30pm, but she did not manage to hit the stage until past midnight, FOX5 Vegas reports. 

The show did not wrap up until 2:45am and a Wonderwall insider said that ‘over 500 refunds’ were given to disappointed concertgoers.

Her previous tour brought a raft of similar stories – including that she was more than four hours behind schedule arriving to a concert in Melbourne in March 2016.

Madonna appeared onstage at 12:50am for a show that was supposed to start at 8:30pm, and she eventually wrapped up slightly shy of 3:00am, according to CBS. 

When she got to Brisbane she was so late to her show that by the time concertgoers got out of the arena they had missed the last train, Billboard reported.

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