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Gardaí investigating after Lion King performers and crew racially abused in Dublin

The Lion King musical is running in Dublin until tomorrow. File picture from Press Association

GARDAÍ are investigating after several performers and crew of the Lion King were racially abused in Dublin.

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre said the abuse happened as members of the production were making their way home after a performance.

It is understood that a gang of boys shouted abuse as crew members walked down Hanover Street shortly before 11pm on Friday, January 28.

Both the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Disney Theatrical Productions, the company behind the musical, have condemned the "vile" abuse.

"Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Theatre and Disney Theatrical Productions strongly condemn all forms of discrimination," a spokesman for the venue said in a statement.

"It is shocking that something so vile and appalling happened to our colleagues who have brought such joy to thousands of theatregoers since the show opened on December 31.

"We fully stand with the performers and crew and have put plans in place to support those affected by this incident."

The theatre urged that those responsible for the abuse "be held accountable".

It said those affected by the abuse will be offered support.

The production company and venue said The Lion King Musical was "an instrument to change hearts and minds" and that the show has been "a beacon of optimism and inclusion across the globe" since it was first staged in the US 25 years ago.

"It is in this spirit that the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Disney Theatrical Productions are making a donation to the Irish Network Against Racism, which is committed to combatting racism and all related forms of discrimination in Ireland," the spokesman added.

The Lion King show is running in Dublin until tomorrow.

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