Ending a show with a mic drop is one thing, but Madonna’s latest gig came to an abrupt halt thanks to a curtain drop.
The singer has accused the London Palladium of “censoring” her latest Madame X show after running over her curfew.
The 365 year-old star posted a video of the curtailed performance on social media along with a message headed: “Artists Are Here to Disturb the Peace …”.
The video shows the curtain sweeping across the stage as the lights are turned on and the sound is switched off at the tail-end of her show.
Madonna can be heard off-stage saying “F you, mother f .”
Madge then storms back on to the stage led by her backing dancers as the crowd stand and chant her name.
She proceeds to sing her final track I Rise acappella on the stage, in bright house lights with her mic turned off.
One dancer holds the gay pride flag aloft as they finish the song with the help of the audience, with Madonna signing off the track by shouting “power to the people”.
In her Instagram post, Madonna wrote: “It was 5 minutes past our 11: 02 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. “
Mirroring her impromptu stage performance, Madonna signed off the message, “Power to The People !!”.
Some fans added their online support, with one tweeting: “You can’t silence the queen “.
Another wrote:” For me this united us all together! I Rise became even more of an anthem! For people going on about being on time, sometimes things happen & let’s have a reality check here it was only 5 minutes! It’s not the end of the world! I salute you “.
However, many were in agreement with the theater authorities, with one American Instagram user commenting: “Bravo to the theater. This should of been done in the states. You need to learn to not be super tardy.”
Another tweeted: “Start on time ….. simples”.
The theater’s not yet commented – but venues can face penalties for shows that over-run.
This isn’t Madge’s first bit of bad luck on tour – she has been plagued by ” multiple injuries “which has led her to cancel several of her shows on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ailments have forced her to scale down to just two performance days in a row, recovering every third day.
The Madame X tour is scheduled to continue in London at the Palladium until mid-February, when it will move to Le Grand Rex in Paris until mid-March.