The Director of Romeo & Juliet Denounces the ‘Appalling Racial Abuse’ Directed at the Lead Actor

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Director of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ condemns racial abuse towards lead actor. Stay informed on efforts to combat discrimination in the arts.

The theatre company behind a new West End production of Romeo and Juliet has condemned the “deplorable racial abuse” directed towards one of its stars.

The show, which features Spider-Man actor Tom Holland as Romeo, unveiled its full cast last week, including Francesca Amewudah-Rivers as Juliet.

On Friday, the Jamie Lloyd Company said there had been “a barrage of deplorable racial abuse online directed towards a member of our company”.

“This must stop,” a statement said.

“We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment.

“We will continue to support and protect everyone in our company at all costs. Any abuse will not be tolerated and will be reported.

“Bullying and harassment have no place online, in our industry or in our wider communities.”

Tom Holland is a 27-year-old British actor best known for his role in Spider-Man

It was announced in February that Holland would star in the new production of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy.

It will mark the first time the actor has appeared on stage as an adult, having previously starred in Billy Elliot The Musical as a child.

Source: BBC


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