The actors and crew of the musical “The Lion King” were the subject of “racist and homophobic abuse” while making their home from performances in Dublin.
English star Stevenson Ardern-Soge, who plays Simba, said they were “subjected to racial and homophobic violence, both verbally and threatened with violence, as they returned home after the Dublin show”.
Speaking on social media, Mr Ardern-Soje said that “it was a huge blow that hit us hard as a company, opening old wounds for many”.
He added: “This is not the first time many of us have experienced something like this and it is unlikely to be the last, but in these darker moments it is good to remember that the night must end and the sun will rise.” “
Another British actor, Rushand Chambers, wrote: “It’s just frustrating, all the work, time and energy we’ve given to be subjected to such behavior.”
“Dublin was also a good experience, I want to make it clear,” added Mr Chambers. “The theater and the audience are beautiful! But we can’t ignore the ugly side either. The country needs healing, it’s just not our job to do that.”
Acting colleague Melvin Le Blanc added: “This must stop !!”
Irish police have told Sky News that they are investigating an incident that took place last Friday, January 28, on Hanover East Street in Dublin.
The street is a very short distance from the Bord Gais Energy Theater, where the Lion King has been playing for the past month.
It is known that shortly before 11 pm a number of members of the production were subjected to verbal insults by a group of young people after leaving the theater.
Gardai says no arrests have been made yet and anyone with any information has been asked to contact Garda Station on Pearse Street.
“Ugly and terrifying”
In a statement, the theater said: “We share with sadness that several of the performers and the Lion King team currently performing at the Bord Gais Energy Theater in Dublin have recently been subjected to racial violence on their way out of the theater.
“It is shocking that something so vile and horrifying happened to our colleagues, who brought such joy to thousands of spectators from the opening of the show on December 31.
“We fully support the contractors and crew and have drawn up plans to support those affected by this incident. We also call on those responsible to be held accountable and have reported this incident to An Garda Siochana.”
Members of the production, which continues in Dublin until Friday, are from the United Kingdom, South Africa and France, as well as Ireland.
French actor Jean-Luc Gizon, who plays Mufasa, shared the theater’s statement on his Instagram account, adding the Black Lives Matter and Stop Racism logos.
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