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Production Members Take To Twitter As Investigation Into Theatre Ceiling Collapse Begins

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12/20/2013 7:55 am
PopWrapped | Theater
Production Members Take To Twitter As Investigation Into Theatre Ceiling Collapse Begins

Clare Sidoti

Managing Editor

Audience members are recovering from their injuries as theatre fans around the world are still coming to terms with the events from last night (Thursday 19 December) at London’s Apollo Theatre. Following the theatre’s sudden roof collapse, stories from those inside the theatre were widely circulated through the usual media and social media channels. Now those directly associated with the production have expressed their sorrow, describing the event as a “sad and strange night”. 76 people were injured, seven seriously, when the ceiling of the 100-year-old Grade II-listed building collapsed on top of an almost capacity crowd during the evening’s performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The collapse occurred at 20:15 GMT, about forty minutes into the play’s first half. Of those injured, 58 were taken to four London hospitals. Surprisingly, there were no life-threatening injuries. Later that evening, the show’s playwright, Simon Stephens took to Twitter saying: He was joined with the author of the novel which the play is based on, Mark Haddon who in a series of tweets said: He also directed a number of tweets directed at journalists saying, "i'm as horrified and (mostly) relieved as everyone else. what other possible reaction could...... any sane person have? who is to blame is a question other people have to answer, and the future of the show...... is a matter for discussing on another day." Cast member Matt Tait who called the event “horrific and unbelievable”, also took to Twitter, letting people know that all associated with the production were “safe” and that his “thoughts are with all the audience”. The Apollo Theatre is owned by Nimax Theatres. A spokesman for the group described the collapse as a “shocking and upsetting incident”. They also added that their “thoughts are with the audience an staff” caught up in the incident. An image of the aftermath inside the theatre has emerged as an investigation into what caused the approximate 10 sq m of ornate plasterwork to crash onto the audience below. According to BBC News, “Some reports suggested water dripped through cracks in the West End venue's ceiling before it came down”.


As the capital was hit with a thunderstorm and heavy rain on Thursday evening, one line of inquiry for investigators was whether the adverse weather conditions played a part in the incident. Westminster City Council will report later today on a structural assessment conducted of the building. At the time of writing the play’s website states that shows on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December 2014 have been cancelled. Ticketholders for these performances are able to arrange an exchange or refund. However, Theatre Direct posted an updated tweet saying, "ALL Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have been cancelled until and inc. Saturday 04 Jan 2014".


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