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The curse of TfL’s hilariously hardline approach to theatre advertising at tube stations has struck again

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 6, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Bad Jews

Last year, we were surprised when playwright Mike Bartlett told us that the reason tube adverts for his hit play ‘King Charles III’ had Prince Charles’s face pixelated out was that it’s illegal to use his image on the underground.

Earlier this year, the hugely acclaimed drama ‘My Night with Reg’ got into a spot of bother when TfL outlawed its admittedly saucy ad, which featured half a naked male arse.

And now TfL is refusing to run advertising for the acclaimed comedy ‘Bad Jews’. They’ve not explicitly clarified the reason, but the Evening Standard reports that tube adverts for the original run of the show at the St James Theatre – which is now transferring to the Arts Theatre – elicited a single complaint, and though cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority, TfL has this time cited a clause that states it won’t run adverts ‘likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public on account of the nature of the product or service being advertised, the wording or design of the advertisement or by way of inference.’

It is assumed that the issue is that a play about a Jewish family written by a Jewish writer with a largely Jewish cast, which has been a huge hit with Jewish audiences, has a name that could be construed as anti-Semitic if you were to literally make no effort to find out what it’s about.

‘Bad Jews’ transfers to the Arts Theatre March 18 to May 30.

Read our four-star review of the show.

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