A tribunal being brought against Curve in Leicester by Seyi Omooba – the performer removed from a production of The Colour Purple last year over anti-gay comments – is to be heard alongside a case being brought against her former agency in April.
Initially, action against Curve, which produced The Colour Purple, was understood to have been scheduled for later this year, with a separate case being brought against her former agency, Global Artists, after it stopped representing her following the incident.
Now both cases have been consolidated and will be heard together from April 30 to May 7, in London.
A statement from Curve chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster, issued to The Stage, said: “We can confirm a hearing has been scheduled and the case against Curve (Leicester Theatre Trust) has now been consolidated with the case against Global Artists, as both cases deal with similar legal issues.”
The statement added: “The case has been listed for hearing for April 30 to May 7, 2020. We continue to defend the claim in full, but will not be making any further comment at this time.”
Omooba was removed from the production in March last year, after a historic Facebook post surfaced in which she said she did not believe homosexuality is “right”.
Her post said: “I do not believe you can be born gay, and I do not believe homosexuality is right. [Even] though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean it’s right.”
Following her removal from the musical, Omooba announced her intention to launch legal action in September last year.
A planned case against Birmingham Hippodrome, which was co-producer of the musical, was dropped earlier this year, with Christian Concern – the organisation backing Omooba – claiming the two parties had been able to reach “mutually satisfactory” terms.