Comedian Terry Gilliam criticized the Old Vic theater for dragging his performance Go to the forest, after the employee was unsettled about his involvement.
The Old Vic did not specify a reason for the cancellation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 play, but it is understood staff at the theater were displeased with Gilliam’s earlier comments about the #MeToo movement, diversity and trans rights. change.
The organizers decided to pull Go to the forest from its schedule in November to shortly after Gilliam, who co-directed the play, posted in support Dave Chappelle‘s new comedy show Closer above Netflix, which has been criticized as anaerobic.
“I encourage you all to check out Dave Chappelle’s new show…” he wrote on Facebook. “To me, he’s the most popular comedian alive today: incredibly intelligent, socially savvy, dangerously provocative, and uncannyally funny.”
Gilliam did not publicly respond to the move until this week.
In a post on Facebook on Monday (December 13), before Monty Python The star wrote: “It is with great sadness that a major cultural institution like The Old Vic allows itself to be threatened with canceling our production. Go to the forest by a small group of closed-minded, humorless people on their staff who absurdly call themselves ‘The Old Vic 12’ … as if they were the victims of an incident Some ruthless injustice is desperately fighting for their freedom! “
He continued: “My unfathomable crime was recommending my Facebook followers to watch a Netflix special by a brilliant and provocative American comedian, and then sharing it with me. their opinion.
“They did and civilization did not collapse! However, The Old Vic’s artistic credibility certainly has.
“Freedom of Speech is often attacked, but I never imagined that Freedom of Recommendation would be threatened as well.”
A spokesperson for The Old Vic previously said Stage: “The Old Vic and the co-producers of Scenario Two mutually agreed that production Go to the forest will not take place at The Old Vic. We will not comment further”.
Gilliam has previously argued about an interview with The Independent last January, when he described the #MeToo movement as a “witch hunt”. He also said he was “tired of white men being blamed for everything wrong with the world,” adding: “When I announced that I was a transitional black lesbian, people will offend that. Why?”
Instead of showing at The Old Vic, Go to the forest will be revived at Theater Royal Bath in August 2022.
The musical, by Sondheim and James Lapine, interweaves the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Screenplay Two co-director John Berry said: “Stephen Sondheim’s recent death has resulted in worldwide love and appreciation for his unique genius. We feel very privileged to have been able to do this amazing piece of work and we are incredibly grateful to Steve and James Lapine for their support as we searched for a new home for this piece. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/terry-gilliam-old-vic-dave-chappelle-b1975637.html Monty Python star Terry Gilliam blows up the Old Vic theater for dragging his show