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‘Romeo And Juliet’ Director Slams “Barrage Of Racial Abuse” Aimed At Tom Holland’s Co-Star

The Jamie Lloyd Company has hit back after its production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” has been the subject of what they call a “barrage of deplorable racial abuse” aimed at an unnamed cast member.

Tom Holland will play Romeo, and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers will play Juliet in the new production in London, and its full cast was announced last week.

Their statement said:

“This must stop. 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.”

Amewudah-Rivers is making her West End debut in the play, with Holland returning 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 BBC series Bad Education and three short films. She has stage experience in productions at the Globe and Lyric Hammersmith among other venues.

The show will debut on May 11 and is booked to run until August 3.

Also starring in the anticipated show will be 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 (Camera Operators).

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