'Gay, fat, stupid' bullied boy gets messages of support from his West End musical favourites

'Gay, fat, stupid' bullied boy gets messages of support from his West End musical favourites
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Posted on 19 Jul 2019

A boy who was being bullied because of his love for musical theatre has received strong support from some unexpected and star-studded sources - 15 (and counting) West End theatres!


Actress Jacqueline Hughes this week tweeted her theatre colleagues asking for help. Her tweet read: ‘Industry friends - I need a wee favour. Sadly, a little boy I teach, Charlie, who is also a dear family friend, is sadly being bullied at school for his love of [musical theatre], being called gay, fat, stupid… the list goes on. Today he was beaten up by six boys and left curled up, crying.’

She added: ‘I know many people face bullies every day and many have in their lifetime. But I wondered if you wouldn’t mind, if you have time, sending me a little video to cheer him up, maybe some advice, your own stories, how you didn’t let them stop you, what you are doing now.’ 


The response to Jacqueline’s tweet was amazing, with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Layton Williams, Annie’s Jodie Prenger and Mamma Mia’s Lucy May Barker among the performers getting in touch with Charlie. 

Messages of support also came from, among others, the casts of Hamilton, Matilda, Riverdance and Wicked.


Responding to the outpouring of love, care and concern for Charlie, Jacqueline tweeted: ‘So Charlie has just left crying “happy tears” he is so overwhelmed, seeing his little face light up with each and every message! Needless to say we didn’t get much singing done today!”

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