Romeo & Juliet director attacks 'barrage of racial abuse' against Francesca Amewudah-Rivers.

The theater company behind the London production of Tom Holland and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers' "Romeo & Juliet" is speaking out after the lead actress received "a barrage of racial abuse online."  

This must stop," The Jamie Lloyd Company stated in a lengthy social media post on Friday. "We collaborate with amazing artists. They must be allowed to develop without internet harassment. All costs will be spent supporting and protecting our employees."  

After The James Lloyd Company unveiled the whole cast on March 28, Amewudah-Rivers was bullied online and in her comments section for her casting opposite Holland, citing racism, colorism, and featurism.  

The Jamie Lloyd theater company added: "Abuse will be reported. Cyberbullying and harassment are unacceptable in our industry and society." "We honor our amazing collaborators. "The 'Romeo & Juliet' community will practice with generosity and love and focus on our production," the statement said.  

Halle Bailey, a Black woman, was criticized for playing Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," a 1989 animated picture about a light-skinned, redheaded mermaid. Rachel Zegler's casting as "Snow White" as a Latina actress was also criticized.  

Amewudah-Rivers starred in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "Othello" and Sophocles' "Antigone" in London theaters. She starred in two BBC "Bad Education" seasons. Acting in "Romeo & Juliet" is her West End debut.  

Holland became famous for playing Peter Parker in three "Spider-Man" movies and Marvel spin-offs. Besides "The Devil All the Time," "The Crowded Room" and "Uncharted." This is his first stage appearance since "Billy Elliot: The Musical" as a child.  

Lloyd's "Romeo & Juliet" stars Freema Agyeman, Michael Balogun, Tomiwa Edun, Mia Jerome, Daniel Quinn-Toye, Nima Taleghani, Callum Heinrich, Kody Mortimer, Joshua-Alexander Williams, and Ray Sesay The Duke of York's Theatre in London will host the sold-out performance from May 11 to Aug. 3.  

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