Is this acceptable?

Black actors 'white up' at the National Theatre

Having steadfastly refused to ask a white actor to "black up" for decades, the National Theatre has taken the concept of "colour-blind casting" a stage further.

In its latest play, Death and the King's Horseman, by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka, black actors, including Lucian Msamati, "white up" to play stereotypical British colonials.

"Colour-blind casting seems to work only one way," complains a white actor who has made several appearances at the National. "Not only can we not play black characters, now we're not even allowed to play whites."

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