Performances of Nassim Soleimanpour’s show at Home in Manchester have been cancelled due to a delay in the UK visa process.
Soleimanpour, who is best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, has previously been prevented from travelling internationally.
Having objected to military service in his home country of Iran, the writer was not allowed to leave the country until 2013, when he was granted a passport.
His new show Nassim, which is produced by the Bush Theatre and Soleimanpour, was due to run at Home from June 18 to 20.
A statement from the venue on Twitter said shows had been cancelled.
“Despite continued efforts from Home, writer and performer Nassim Soleimanpour and the authorities, Nassim has been unable to travel to Manchester due to a delay in the UK visa process,” it said.
The statement added: “We’re really disappointed to bring you this news, and we’ll continue to work with Nassim to bring the show to Manchester at a date in the future.”
Ticket holders for the show will be refunded by the venue.
Dramaturg Stewart Pringle, who edited the script for the show, tweeted that the situation was “totally ridiculous” and “so sad”.
This is totally ridiculous and makes me so sad. Here’s the team behind #NassimthePlay having an ice cream while we made it, obvs dangerous enemies of national security, all. https://t.co/WCu1DjUk3B pic.twitter.com/1w5LgPKyQO
— Stewart Pringle (@stewartwpringle) June 19, 2019
A spokesman for the Home Office said that Soleimanpour’s visa application was processed later than requested “due to an administrative error”.