Trustees of a young directors scheme have abandoned plans for an 18-month residence at Birmingham Repertory Theatre over its decision to host a Nightingale court.
The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), which is focussed on communities under-represented in UK theatre, says the court conflicts with its commitment to Black, working class and LGBTQ+ artists.
It is the second boycott to arise from the controversial Nightingale court: Black theatre company Talawa pulled out of a partnership with Birmingham Rep last month.
"After careful discussion, the RTYDS trustees decided the quality of the opportunity available to an artist could be compromised by the presence of a Nightingale Court," a statement said.
"Proceeding with the residency would undermine vital relationships with directors, theatre-makers and partners who work with RTYDS."
The scheme is now recruiting for another theatre to replace Birmingham Rep as a residence host in 2021.