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Ipswich Regent Theatre, in St Helen’s Street, urges visitors to report hate crime after incident at venue





A Suffolk theatre is urging visitors to report hate crime after an incident.

In a social media post, Ipswich Regent Theatre, in St Helen’s Street, said it was deeply concerned to learn that a hate crime had been reported at the venue.

In an Instagram post, Grease The Musical, which is performing at the venue this week, said it was appalled after racist abuse was directed towards the company.

Ipswich Regent Theatre, in St Helen’s Street, is urging visitors to report hate crime after an incident at its venue. Picture: submitted
Ipswich Regent Theatre, in St Helen’s Street, is urging visitors to report hate crime after an incident at its venue. Picture: submitted

The theatre said it was working with relevant authorities investigating the incident.

“We stand firmly against all forms of hatred and discrimination,” it said in a statement.

“Identifying the individual involved presents a challenge, as a lone voice in a dark auditorium is difficult to pinpoint.

“However, we strongly encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses any acts of hate to report them to us, our front of house staff can be found in the theatre lobby throughout our shows, or to local authorities, so they can be addressed promptly and effectively.

“We appreciate the courage it takes to come forward in such situations and offer our full support to those affected.

“Ensuring the safety and dignity of all community members is our top priority.

“We are committed to adopting an inclusive and respectful environment.

“If an individual can be identified, our staff will promptly remove them from the theatre.”

The Grease The Musical statement added: “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.”