Lenny Henry gets a theatre to remove its racist poster | Venue shamed on social media

Lenny Henry gets a theatre to remove its racist poster

Venue shamed on social media

comedyA theatre has agreed to take down a racist antique poster after Sir Lenny Henry shamed it into action.

The comedian last night posted an image from his dressing room at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre showing an advert featuring offensive caricatures of black characters..

He tweeted: ‘Thank you Bournemouth. Corkin'- but maybe change the posters in the dressing rooms. I heartily recommend SHAFT or SILVER STREAK. Or even HOWARDS END...but not this…'

BH Live, which runs the theatre, said the poster had now been removed.

In a statement to the BBC, the company said: ‘The poster is historical and has been displayed for a number of years. We apologise for any distress caused.’

Published: 13 Nov 2019

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