Former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam is a very bad boy, Old Vic bosses say as the theater cancels its musical Into The Woods due to staff concerns over his take on human rights. trans and #MeToo
- The Old Vic Theater has announced that the musical Into The Woods will not be playing
- Former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam was slated to co-direct production
- But staff said they were concerned about this perspective on trans rights and #MeToo
- Two weeks ago, Gilliam gave his support to Dave Chappelle for the comedian’s controversial Netflix special.
- Old Vic has previously been the victim of allegations of sexual abuse against his former art director Kevin Spacey
Comedian Terry Gilliam has reportedly been “canceled” by The Old Vic for his controversial views on trans rights and the #MeToo movement.
The 80-year-old former Monty Python star was due to co-direct Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods musical next year.
But the theater unexpectedly announced the cancellation of the show last week, with new reports claiming its involvement created unrest.
Old Vic staff are believed to be upset and one even quit because of Gilliam’s stance on issues like Harvey Weinstein and trans rights.
Comedian Terry Gilliam Reportedly ‘Canceled’ By The Old Vic Due To His Controversial Views On Trans Rights And The #MeToo Movement
The 80-year-old former Monty Python star was due to co-direct Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods next year, but The Old Vic unexpectedly canceled it last week.
The announcement comes two weeks after Gilliam urged her 495,000 Facebook followers to watch comedian Dave Chappelle’s controversial new show on Netflix.
“I encourage you all to watch Dave Chappelle’s new show, The Closer, on Netflix,” he wrote. “To me, he’s the greatest stand-up comedian alive today: incredibly intelligent, socially conscious, dangerously provocative and incredibly funny.
Chappelle’s show was called transphobic by some critics and triggered a staff walkout at Netflix.
Concerns were reportedly raised in May about Gilliam’s involvement, but bosses had continued production.
No one from the Central London Theater was available for comment last night, but The Old Vic said The scene in a statement, executive director Kate Varah met with staff after the show was announced in May.
No one from the Central London Theater was available for comment last night, but The Old Vic told The Stage in a statement that executive director Kate Varah (pictured with artistic director Matthew Warchus) met with staff after the show announcement in May.
Members of Old Vic 12 – the organization’s artistic development program – were among those voicing concerns. The Stage also called for at least one person to resign.
It was reported that senior management later met with Gilliam and her co-director Leah Hausman “naturally to discuss our culture and values”.
Writing on its website, the theater said it had “mutually agreed” with the script 2 co-producers “that Into the Woods will not be produced in Old Vic.”
The Old Vic was hit hard by the #MeToo movement in 2017 when numerous allegations of sexual assault were made against actor Kevin Spacey during his tenure as artistic director of the theater.
It was reported that senior management then met with Gilliam and her co-director Leah Hausman “quite naturally to discuss our culture and values”.
An investigation found that 19 people had made allegations of “inappropriate behavior” against the star. He had worked in the theater between 2004 and 2015.
In 2018, Gilliam responded to the BBC’s diversity debate by stating: “I am telling the world now that I am a black lesbian.”
In January 2020, he sparked a new backlash after describing the #MeToo movement as a “witch hunt” which he said allowed “honest people” to get “hammered”.
The Old Vic was badly affected by the #MeToo movement in 2017 when numerous allegations of sexual assault were made against actor Kevin Spacey (pictured) during his tenure as artistic director of the theater
Addressing those who have made allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, he added: “They were ambitious adults… There are a lot of victims in Harvey’s life, and I feel sympathy. for them, but then Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices.
Into the Woods hit Broadway in 1987 before making its West End debut at the Phoenix Theater in 1990. It was then relaunched in 2010 at Regent’s Park Open Air Theater.
It was adapted for Disney’s Loud Cry in 2015 with Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Johnny Depp among the A-list actors.