Press Release

Irish Equity condemns racist abuse of Lion King performers and crew

Date Released: 02 February 2022

The executive and members of Irish Equity have expressed their sadness and disappointment that cast and crew of the ‘Lion King’ were subjected to racist abuse in Dublin.

Irish Equity president, Gerry O’Brien, said: “On behalf of the executive and members of Irish Equity we wish to express our sadness at the reports that a number of the cast and crew of 'The Lion King' were subjected to racial abuse while returning home after a performance. This behaviour is unacceptable. 

“That fellow performers should be victims of such despicable behaviour, after bringing such joy and pleasure to Dublin theatre goers, is regrettable. Irish Equity stands with the cast and crew of the 'Lion King', the management of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Disney productions in calling out and condemning racism in all its iterations.  

“We sincerely hope that their remaining performances in Dublin are hugely successful and that the good memories of their time in Ireland outweigh the unpleasantness of the shameful behaviour of the individuals responsible for this abuse.”


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