CN reported recently on the political furore surrounding Conway Hall pulling the plug on radical preacher Anjem Choudhary. Now London’s Bloomsbury Theatre has been involved in some political strife. Venue owner University College London was forced to pay an undisclosed sum of compensation to the organisers of the Israel 61 Family Show, the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
Featuring five Israeli Defence Force soldiers singing pop and folk songs, the show was cancelled, deemed by the venue to be “too political”. Two weeks before the show date, the theatre had complained about show posters illustrating soldiers in uniform.
“UCL accepts the Bloomsbury Theatre was not contractually entitled to cancel the Zionist Federation event and has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum by way of compensation,” says a UCL spokesperson.
The organisers of the independence day show designed to celebrate Israel’s 61st anniversary, say the soldiers were part of an education unit, which entertains on the front line and at bases.