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Controversial entertainer's gig cancelled at Grand Theatre

Council says Roy 'Chubby' Brown's show doesn't match up with their programming aspirations and partnerships

A performance at Swansea's Grand Theatre by a controversial entertainer's been cancelled by Swansea Council.

Yorkshireman, Roy "Chubby" Brown is renowned for a politically-incorrect brand of humour, with opinion divided as to whether he is funny or just offensive.

He's previously visited the Swansea Grand Theatre and was due to appear in April next year.

But Swansea Council  have decided not to go ahead with a provisional booking for after considering how it would work alongside their new programming aspirations. They've apologised to ticket holders who will be refunded.

The Council says it wants all communities and staff to feel welcome.

The move has caused some controversy on social media among local fans.

On its Facebook page the Council said:

"We have decided not to go ahead with a provisional booking for Roy “Chubby” Brown after considering how it would work alongside our new programming aspirations and partnerships.

"We want all our communities and staff to feel welcome and we felt this booking was unlikely to reflect our values and commitments to them.

"After fully considering the booking we are refunding 52 advance sale ticket-holders and we apologise to those who may have been disappointed.

"We recently decided that a fresh approach is essential if we are to cater for future audience needs.

"Our aim is to refresh the Grand Theatre programming and offer something new and fresh for all our communities; this will meet Swansea Council’s commitment to culture, regeneration and equal opportunity.

"As a result, the Grand Theatre is developing an exciting new programming structure, looking to develop younger, family and diverse audiences via inclusive creative programming.

"We’re confident this will bring great pleasure to many thousands of people over the coming years."

On the star's Facebook page his manager Tony Jo posted:

"I have always sold out in Swansea and was looking forward to the show, the audience in Swansea are a pleasure to work for and I am gutted that it has been cancelled.

"How can a council go against the wishes of the people who voted them in!? Roy is one of the most popular artistes ever to appear in Swansea and the crowds love him! Who has made a minority decision for the majority?"

 

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