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Jim Davidson banned from theatre for 'rude, unacceptable behaviour'

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Jim Davidson has been banned from a theatre for 'rude, unacceptable behaviour'.

The 57-year-old comedian, known for his near-the-knuckle style, published an email sent to him by Peter Wilson, chief executive of the Theatre Royal, Norwich.

Wilson's assessment of the comic's behaviour read: "Very rude to staff. Arguments over figures, drinks etc, and personal comments that are not acceptable.

"From the show report of that evening it is plain that you publicly insulted and demeaned my front of house colleagues, offensively queried the house returns, and refused to accept our policy on wheelchair users, and that your company manager Steve Farr behaved as badly.

"I'm sorry of course that your many fans - and I'm not for a moment questioning your popularity as an entertainer - have to travel to catch your act.

"But I prefer not to have you in our theatre because there is not a single person here who finds this sort of behaviour acceptable."

Davidson, who earlier this year cancelled his play Stand Up and Be Counted, also explained to his Norwich fanbase that he has not been "snubbing" East Anglia.

"I wanted to let you nice people from Norwich know why I am not playing your theatre," he wrote on his website.

"I have been asked by many people in Norfolk why I do not play the county's most prestigious theatre as they think I am snubbing the town in favour of Great Yarmouth.

"You will see from the reply I have received from the Theatre Royal, that this is not the case."

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