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NEWS Apollo Theatre London ceiling collapses with many injured

Theatre NewsBREAKING NEWS Thursday evening

Update 22:40 BBC NEWS “4 seriously injured not believe to be life-threatening”

Update 21.32 “4 people seriously injured and taken to hospital…”
Met Police: “Not aware of any fatalities”

“80 walking wounded….”

Foyer at Gielgud Theatre used as triage centre.

Update at 21.25pm “All casualties at Apollo Theatre have ‘”been freed”…
no comment on their ‘well-being’.

Part of the ceiling at London’s Apollo theatre apparently collapsed, with a huge amount falling, according to eyewitnesses. With loud noises coming from the ceiling/roof and a series of noises. With “wood, plaster etc falling on to part of the rear stalls. “3-5 square metres of ceiling falling…”

There were more than 700 people in the audience. (The Apollo Theatre seats about 775)
People are trapped after part of the ceiling at London’s Apollo theatre apparently collapsed, according to eyewitnesses.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was playing at the Shaftesbury Avenue venue.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Eight fire engines are attending an incident at a theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in #Soho. It’s believed a balcony has collapsed. More soon.”

Eyewitnesses said they saw people being escorted out of the building, covered in dust and debris.

Police confirmed they were called to the theatre shortly after 8.15pm.

A spokesman said: “There is a report of a collapse in the building itself.

“It is believed some people may have been injured in the collapse, which occurred during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time.

Twitter user Charlotte Rolt posted: “At the Apollo theatre and total mayhem when the roof just came down on us! We look like we’ve been down the mines!”

Simon Usborne tweeted: “Jesus. Was watching curious incident at Apollo theatre when ceiling collapsed on audience ten mins ago. Chaos.”

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Thursday 19th December 2013

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