Hate crime reported during performance of Grease the Musical

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A reported hate crime incident took place during the latest performance of Grease The Musical’s UK tour.

Reports indicate that cast members were heckled from the audience during the show at the Ipswich Regent Theatre, with the company speaking out on social media.

Alicia Belgarde, who plays Frenchy, posted on Instagram: “Our incredible cast from all backgrounds, of all races, have & continue to work so hard to put on this production day in and day out.

“Use of heckling inappropriate language, racial slurs and anything of the kind is not only not tolerated but an absolute disrespect to us on the stage in thus moment.

“The safety, wellbeing and respect to those on stage, behind the scenes and to all involved in creating and producing this show is what may always come first and the least an audience can do is reciprocate this. ”

The producers of Grease the Musical and the theatre have since issued statements.

The Ipswich Regent Theatre said: “We are deeply concerned to learn of the reported hate crime incident at the Regent Theatre Ipswich.

“We stand firmly against all forms of hatred and discrimination and are actively cooperating with the relevant authorities to ensure the matter is thoroughly investigated and appropriate measures are taken.”

Meanwhile the production stated: “The producers of Grease are extremely proud of the diversity of our company, and we are deeply disturbed that racist abuse has been directed towards them.

“We want to make this clear – we have zero tolerance for such behaviour and are truly appalled that this happened.

“We stand with our company, especially those of the global majority, who all bring immense talent and dedication to the stage every performance. There is no place for hate at Rydell High, and any individuals who believe otherwise are not welcome.”

The Grease tour will continue until mid-November.

About the author: Rachel Wise

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