The boss of a theatre which has received complaints that its pantomime was racist and sexually-explicit has been suspended.
Paul Everitt, artistic director at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield, Staffordshire, was suspended last month.
At the same time, the theatre has come under fire for a performance of Sleeping Beauty, in which it is claimed racist remarks were made.
The suspension and the complaints are not linked, according to Lichfield District Council, which said Mr Everitt's suspension was related to "confidential employment issues".
Council leader David S Smith denied the production was racist or sexually explicit and said there had not been a large number of complaints.
According to reports, the local authority received eight written complaints about Sleeping Beauty.
Nina Dawes, chief executive of the council, said one customer had felt the show contained an inappropriate content of a racist and sexual nature. The other seven were unimpressed with the overall content of the show.
It has been claimed that, during one performance, actors had ad-libbed remarks.
Coun Smith (Con Stonnall) said: "I saw the pantomime and there were no suggestions I heard or saw that related to racism or that it was too rude. If something happened at one performance I don't know but I saw nothing in there that wasn't typical of a pantomime. If an actor has gone off script and said something inappropriate I am certainly not aware of it.
"We have not had a massive postbag lambasting us for putting on a rude or racist pantomime, certainly Lichfield District Council would not wish to stage that activity."
Mr Everitt, who was suspended the day after the month-long production of Sleeping Beauty ended, has worked at the theatre since 2003.