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London Royal Court theatre is back on its decision to cancel a production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
The theatre was told that it was, with an additional reduction of the part after the allegations that his co-director, Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to the staff.
But the artistic director Vicky Featherstone said she had been “rocked to the core by the accusations of censorship” and that it would now go ahead.
Stafford-Clark has apologized in October for “inappropriate behaviour”.
The Guardian reported in October how he had left his theatre company, Out Of the ordinary after a staff member had made a formal complaint about his obscene comments.
Before you start Out Of the Common, he was the artistic director at the Royal Court from 1979 to 1993.’The accusations of censorship’
Earlier this week, the theater said that the game had “themes of grooming and abuse of power over young women,” that were not appropriate.
But in a statement Ms Featherstone said that she had returned to the production, which had been due to run for two-and-a-half weeks in January before it was cancelled.
She said the theatre was “nothing without the voice and the confidence of our writers”.
“It is the principle on which the theatre was founded and on which it continues to run,” she said.
“So I was cradled at the base by the accusations of censorship and the prohibition of working-class female voice.
“For this reason, I invited the current of the co-production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too’s return to the Royal Court for its execution.
“As a result of this useful to the public debate, we are now convinced that the context with which Andrea Dunbar in the game will be considered will be an invitation to new conversations.”
Dates and times remain the same, the theater said.
The play, which has toured the UK, opened in September at the Octagon theatre in Bolton, which has also been a partner in co-production with the Royal Court.
In recent months, the Royal Court has been at the forefront of the fight against sexual harassment and abuse in the world of theatre.
Earlier this year, he organized a “day of action”, which led to a code of conduct.
In October, a spokesperson for Stafford-Clark told The Guardian that the director had suffered from pseudobulbar palsy and “occasional disinhibition” since a stroke and brain injury in 2006.
A statement said: “Mr. Stafford-Clark’s occasional loss of the ability to inhibit urges results in him displaying disinhibited and compulsive behaviour and his usual (at times provocative) behavior to be amplified, which often leads to inappropriate social behavior.
“While it is an explanation, it is not an attempt to dismiss his behaviour and he apologised for any offence caused.”
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