Theatre praised for 'common sense' decision to host Roy Chubby Brown after councils cancel 'controversial' comic

Royston Vasey is due to perform New Theatre Royal Lincoln in September


A Lincolnshire theatre has defended the decision to continue to host performances of Royston Vasey, better known by his stage name: Roy Chubby Brown.

The New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s spokesman said: “Royston Vasey is a comedian, and we have lots of comedians in our programme.

"Some people do find his Roy 'Chubby' Brown character controversial, but we aim to bring as wide a variety of entertainment to Lincoln audiences as possible."

This follows cancellations of Vasey’s shows by Lancaster City Council, after 59 people signed a petition, and Sheffield City Council.

New Theatre Royal Lincoln is hosting Roy Chubby Brown
New Theatre Royal Lincoln is hosting Roy Chubby Brown

Lincolnshire Live reports that the decision by the New Theatre Royal Lincoln has been welcomed.

One resident wrote: "Well done New Theatre Royal. Common sense at last from someone."

"If you don’t like it, don’t buy a ticket. Some people will enjoy it, so let them," another remarked.

A third wrote: "For goodness sake, if you don’t like him don’t go. A lot of people do, so why spoil their entertainment?"

After the cancellation of the 77-year-old in Lancaster, the chief executive of the city council said: "Following concerns raised by our community, Lancaster City Council has taken the decision to cancel the appearance of Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown at the Platform in Morecambe this August.

"We understand that this decision will disappoint some people, but we are proud to be a fair, diverse and inclusive organisation and do not believe that Mr Brown’s shows are compatible with these values.

"All ticket holders will be contacted and offered a full refund."

Speaking to GB News' Dan Wootton in February, the North Yorkshire-born comic said of those that are offended by his material: "If you don’t like it, don’t come into the room."