DISGRACED comedian Janey Godley’s Dumfries shows will go ahead next week, it has been confirmed.
Bosses at the Theatre Royal, where Godley is set to perform on October 7 and 8 as part of her Soup Pot Tour, met this week in light of a scandal surrounding the comic’s historic social media posts.
They described tweets in which Godley made racist remarks and derogatory comments about disabled people as “abhorrent” but said the stand-up comedy shows will go ahead as planned.
The decision is in contrast to the one taken this week by the Nottingham Playhouse, which confirmed cancellation of her March 2022 show, saying the venue “does not tolerate discrimination of any kind”.
A Theatre Royal spokesperson said staff had “carefully assessed the situation” and have sought assurances from Godley’s team that hurtful and discriminatory language will not be used during her routine.
The venue said it understood the comic’s remarks “may have affected our audiences” and offered to refund anyone who wants to cancel their ticket.
This week tickets for the previously sold-out shows became available online again, suggesting some have already opted to hand tickets back.
It was less than a month ago Godley was dropped from a Covid-19 advert by the Scottish Government after US news website the Daily Beast unearthed the since-deleted tweets.