Roy Chubby Brown’s gig in Swansea next year has been cancelled by the council
Controversial comedian Roy Chubby Brown will not be performing in Swansea next year, after the city’s Labour council cancelled a planned appearance because it ‘doesn’t reflect its values’.
The entertainer, 74, was due to appear in the Welsh city next April to perform at its Grand Theatre.
But Swansea Council has now scrapped the show after deciding it would not work alongside its new ‘programming aspirations’.
They’ve apologised to 52 advance ticket holders, who will be refunded.
Furious fans have slammed the council following the decision, accusing them of dictating what the public can and cannot watch.
Born Royston Vasey, Roy Chubby Brown’s acts consist of blue humour, a free speaking style and lack of concern for political correctness.
Though controversial, the comic has a legion of fans and performs at the Grand Theatre regularly.
In a statement released on social media, Swansea 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.
The controversial entertainer was due to appear in the city’s Grand Theatre (pictured) in April next year
‘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.’
A statement on the entertainer’s Facebook page read: ‘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.’
His manager Tony Jo wrote: ‘How can a council go against the wishes of the people who voted them in!? Roy is one of the most popular artists ever to appear in Swansea and the crowds love him! Who has made a minority decision for the majority?’
‘It’s like Brexit, what the people want doesn’t seem to matter anymore, it’s all about a few individuals making a lot of noise on the council! It’s about time the majority out voted the minority. it’s not a crime to have an opinion.
‘Everybody seems to be frightened to be honest. Grow a backbone and tell them to live or let live, everybody’s got different tastes, not everybody likes Marmite but it doesn’t mean the people that eat it are wrong! Chubby for Prime minister.’
Fans also attacked the decision, taking to the council’s Facebook page to express their anger.
Morgan Evans said: ‘Looking to develop younger, family and diverse audiences’. Yeah, booking the Bay City Rollers for the 20th time will certainly accomplish that.’
Nigel Waters added: ‘Who the hell are these guardians of our snowflake morals? I worked in the Grand for 30 years and never saw the show once as it did not appeal…but he certainly had his audience and he sold out. Thank goodness I don’t work there now if this is the attitude of the theatre.’
While Paul McAdam wrote: ‘The second city of Wales now has a Labour administration that thinks it can censor what its residents can and cannot see at the theatre. I’m raging. So much for catering to all sections of the community.’