Published: Tue 13 Feb 24

Soho Theatre statement 13 Feb 2024

Soho Theatre will not tolerate intimidation of audience members due to their nationality, race, religion or beliefs.

On Saturday evening, following the end of Paul Currie’s show Shtoom, Jewish members of the audience were subjected to verbal abuse and the performer aggressively demanding they leave the theatre.

Such appalling actions are unacceptable and have no place on our stages, now or ever. We will not be inviting Paul Currie back to perform at our venue.

Whilst we robustly support the right of artists to express a wide range of views in their shows, intimidation of audience members, acts of antisemitism or any other forms of racism will not be tolerated at
Soho Theatre.

We are continuing our investigation, discussing the incident with that evening’s audience and consulting with the police. We are working with the Campaign Against Antisemitism to meet with members of the audience who were affected. We are taking professional advice to safeguard the much-valued inclusivity of Soho Theatre.


Notes to editors:

  • The incident on the final night (Saturday 10 February) was not part of the performance (which is a non-verbal show), was not pre-planned, and did not take place on the previous two nights.
  • Soho Theatre has been in touch with every audience member who attended on Saturday night to invite them to feedback on what happened.
  • Soho Theatre is fully co-operating with police and others in investigations into this incident.
  • The show ran for three performances at Soho Theatre.