‘Romeo + Juliet’ director slams ‘madness of racist slurs’ aimed at star Tom Holland

Producers of upcoming West End production Romeo and Julietstarring Tom Holland, condemned the “regrettable racial abuse” directed at his co-star Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, who plays Julia.

This Spiderman actor will play Romeo in a new London production, with the full cast announced last week.

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Now the BBC is reporting that the Jamie Lloyd Company has reported a “spree of racial hatred directed at one of the company’s employees.”

Their statement said:

“This needs to stop. We work with an incredible group of artists. We insist that they be free to create without being harassed online. We will continue to support and protect everyone in our business 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.”

Amewudah-Rivers makes her West End debut in the play, while Holland returns to the stage, where he previously starred in Billy Elliot The Musical as a child. Jamie Lloyd will direct.

Amewudah-Rivers previously appeared in two seasons of the BBC series Bad education and three short films. He has stage experience in productions at the Globe and Lyric Hammersmith, among others.

The show will premiere on May 11 and will run until August 3.

The highly anticipated production also stars Freema Agyeman (Nurse), Michael Balogun (Friar), Tomiwa Edun (Capulet), Mia Jerome (Montague), Daniel Quinn-Toye (Paris), Ray Sesay (Tybalt), Nima Taleghani (Benvolio), Joshua-Alexander Williams (Mercutio) and Callum Heinrich and Kody Mortimer (cameramen).

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