Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown show in Sheffield axed following complaints

Following complaints raised by a number of residents in Sheffield and beyond, Sheffield City Trust has decided to remove Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown’s show from the City Hall’s programme of events.

By Lisa Wong
Thursday, 26th August 2021, 2:22 pm

The show was initially scheduled for early next year after it was rescheduled as a result of the pandemic.

The decision to pull the show follows other towns and cities who have banned Brown from performing in the past.

Chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, Andrew Snelling, said: “As our entertainment venues reopen following lockdown restrictions, we have been reviewing our programme of events.

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“We have decided to remove the rescheduled show by comedian Roy Chubby Brown at Sheffield City Hall on January 29, 2022.

“We don’t believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all in Sheffield.

“Those who have already purchased tickets will receive a full refund. We understand that some people will be disappointed with our decision but we must uphold the standards and values that we promote and expect across our venues.”

Councillor Terry Fox, leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “The council wholeheartedly supports Sheffield City Trust’s decision to remove the booking for Roy Chubby Brown’s January show. Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary, with diverse communities and the content of this show is unlikely to reflect Sheffield’s inclusive values.”

Councillor Terry Fox. Picture: Chris Etchells

It is understood that a number of residents sent letters of objection to Sheffield City Trust urging it to reconsider its plans to let Brown perform because of the nature of the comedian’s content at his shows

The show has been removed from Sheffield City Hall’s website.

The 76-year-old comedian, who was born in Middlesbrough, decided to become a stand-up comic during a stint behind bars.

He appeared on the UK television talent show New Faces in the 1970s and over the years has become renowned for the blue and often explicit material in his shows in which he often hurls insults.

His shows have been pulled by a number of councils over the years for fear of his material not reflecting the values of their communities.

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