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Mother of diabetic gets West End show to drop reference to chocolate and diabetes

Squares of chocoloateHit West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has removed a line that said ‘eating chocolate causes diabetes,’ after a mother campaigned for its change. London resident Nathalie Bristow contacted its production company after taking her 8-year-old daughter Laura – who has Type 1 diabetes – to see the show.

Mrs Bristow said: “My family love the theatre, so were deeply upset and offended when we heard the line about how children will get diabetes if they eat too much chocolate. We nearly left. Thousands of people – including parents and children – see the show every day.  I would hate for this to have a damaging effect on the perception of Type 1 diabetes. The producers could not have been more helpful though – a big theatre listened to us and we made a difference.”

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