SIR Lenny Henry has criticised a Bournemouth theatre over 'racist' artwork on the dressing room wall.

The actor and comedian took to social media to complain about the picture at the Pavilion Theatre following his show An Evening with Lenny Henry on Tuesday.

The undated poster was an old advert for Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Opera House in Richmond.

BH Live, which runs the theatre in Westover Road, has apologised and said the poster had since been removed.

In his post on Twitter, Mr Henry said: "Thank you Bournemouth. Corkin'- but maybe change the posters in the dressing rooms.

"I heartily recommend SHAFT or SILVER STREAK. Or even HOWARDS END...but not this..."

In a statement, the theatre said: "The poster is historical and has been displayed for a number of years. We apologise for any distress caused."