Royal Shakespeare Company gives trigger warning for Richard III over the popping of a BALLOON


Royal Shakespeare Company puts trigger warning on its new production of Richard III over the popping of a BALLOON

  • Warning that play contained ‘death, violence and threat’… and a popping balloon
  • RSC has been mocked on Twitter for over-the-top warning at new production
  • Play praised as Arthur Hughes became first disabled actor to play titular role

Theatre-lovers have ridiculed the Royal Shakespeare Company online after they put up a trigger warning over the popping of a balloon at their new production of Richard III.

The posted a bright red notice outside the auditorium at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford last night, June 30, which warned the famously violent play contained ‘death, violence and threat’ and a popping balloon. 

The production has received praise as Arthur Hughes became the first disabled actor to play the titular role last week.

The actor was born with radial dysplasia and was born with his right arm being shorter than his left and his wrist bends inwards towards his body.

A photo of the warning was posted on Twitter by climate charity CEO Sophie Gallois who sarcastically wrote: 'Really? Does it now?'

A photo of the warning was posted on Twitter by climate charity CEO Sophie Gallois who sarcastically wrote: ‘Really? Does it now?’

Arthur Hughes has been praised for his performance as Richard III, being 'thee first disabled actor in the RSC's history to tackle what is perhaps the greatest disabled character ever written'

Arthur Hughes has been praised for his performance as Richard III, being ‘thee first disabled actor in the RSC’s history to tackle what is perhaps the greatest disabled character ever written’

WhatsOnStage said he ‘delivered’ on his performance as ‘the first disabled actor in the RSC’s history to tackle what is perhaps the greatest disabled character ever written,’ in their review.

The notice read: ‘RICHARD III CONTAINS SCENES OF DEATH, VIOLENCE AND THREAT.

‘THIS PRODUCTION USES LATEX BALLOONS, ONE OF WHICH IS POPPED ONSTAGE.’

A photo of the warning was posted on Twitter by climate charity CEO Sophie Gallois who sarcastically wrote: ‘Really? Does it now?’

Rory Connor joked in reply: ‘The violence doesn’t bother me but the popping of a latex balloon definitely does!’

Theatre-lovers have ridiculed the Royal Shakespeare Company online after they put up a trigger warning over the popping of a balloon at their new production of Richard III.

Theatre-lovers have ridiculed the Royal Shakespeare Company online after they put up a trigger warning over the popping of a balloon at their new production of Richard III.

'The violence doesn't bother me but the popping of a latex balloon definitely does!'

‘The violence doesn’t bother me but the popping of a latex balloon definitely does!’

'No one surely would pop a blue balloon in public?'

‘No one surely would pop a blue balloon in public?’

 

The RSC was jokingly accused of being irresponsible for including violence in Richard III

The RSC was jokingly accused of being irresponsible for including violence in Richard III

BBC News’ Global Health Correspondent Naomi Grimley merely replied: ‘No spoilers…’

Peter Dexter said: ‘One balloon being popped I could probably handle but two or even several balloons being popped would likely be too for me traumatic …. but what colour… red balloons being popped is kind of meh but yellow or blue balloons?.. no one surely would pop a blue balloon in public?’

Andy Levy-Stevenson commented: ‘Terribly irresponsible of @TheRSC to include death, violence, and threat in a production of … Richard III.’

MailOnline has contacted the RSP for comment. 

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