Beauty and the Beast: Theatrical show’s main man suspended over allegations of inappropriate language

Star of Beauty And The Beast Show Pulled From Cast Due To Inappropriate Language Allegations

  • Emmanuel Kojo, 29, starred as the Beast in the musical – the first black actor to do so in the UK – until last Saturday
  • It is claimed he was fired following allegations of inappropriate language and suspended while a full investigation is carried out
  • His casting in the touring production at the Empire Theater in Liverpool had been “a real moment for him”, a source said.
  • The show started at Bristol Hippodrome in August before moving to Liverpool last month










The main man in the theatrical production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast has been suspended following allegations of inappropriate language, the Mail can reveal.

Emmanuel Kojo, 29, starred as the Beast in the musical – the first black actor to do so in the UK – until last Saturday.

It is claimed he was pulled from the touring production at the Empire Theater in Liverpool following allegations of inappropriate language and suspended pending a full investigation.

Alyn Hawke took over the role.

Emmanuel Kojo, 29 (pictured right) played the role of the Beast in the musical – the first black actor to do so in the UK – until last Saturday. It is claimed he was pulled from the touring production at the Empire Theater in Liverpool following allegations of inappropriate language and suspended pending a full investigation.

Last night Disney said: ‘We are aware of one complaint, which we are taking very seriously, and a full investigation is underway.

“The employee in question has been suspended until the matter is resolved.”

A rep for the actor declined to comment last night.

Kojo announced this week that he would be taking a break from social media.

The Ghanaian-born actor has twice been nominated for the Olivier Awards – for his performances as Joe in Show Boat and Jud Fry in Oklahoma!.

He has performed in productions such as Twelfth Night at the National Theater and The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic.

Kojo announced this week that he would be taking a break from social media.  The Ghanaian-born actor has twice been nominated for the Olivier Awards - for his performances as Joe in Show Boat and Jud Fry in Oklahoma!.  He has performed in productions such as Twelfth Night at the National Theater and The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic.

Kojo announced this week that he would be taking a break from social media. The Ghanaian-born actor has twice been nominated for the Olivier Awards – for his performances as Joe in Show Boat and Jud Fry in Oklahoma!. He has performed in productions such as Twelfth Night at the National Theater and The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic.

He also performed at the 2017 Proms.

His casting in Beauty and the Beast had been “a real moment for him,” a source said.

The show started at Bristol Hippodrome in August before moving to Liverpool last month.

He is moving to the Edinburgh Playhouse next week.

Kojo describes himself as an activist and is in his third term on the board of actors union Equity.

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