Lusardi admitted she has made children in the audience cry in the past when she’s performed as pantomime villains.
However, she argued kids who cry in the theatre are just as likely to be upset at home, and pantos shouldn’t have to take the extra step.
“Kids love to be scared,” she continued. “And if they’re going to cry at me on stage speaking in a loud voice then they’re going to cry at the television or when they’re read a story.
“I mean what do you do? These kids have got to come grow up and go into the world out there.
“You can’t wrap them up in cotton wool the whole time.”
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