Hackney Empire pulls out of Chinese takeaway opera over all-white cast

Venue cites ‘debate aroused by non-Asian casting’ as it withdraws Music Theatre Wales’s The Golden Dragon from bill

The London premiere of an opera set in a Chinese takeaway has been cancelled after a backlash over its all-white cast.

Music Theatre Wales were set to stage a performance of The Golden Dragon at the Hackney Empire in east London on 31 October, until the theatre on Thursday issued a statement saying it would not go ahead and disavowing any involvement in the production.

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