Society of London Theatre Announce That Shows to Go on in West End After Apollo Theatre Incident; Investigation Launched
By Mark Shenton
The Society of London Theatre have announced that shows are to go on in the West End, despite the incident at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue Dec. 19 that left 76 people injured, including 51 being treated in hospital and seven reported to be seriously hurt after part of the theatre's ceiling collapsed during the middle of a near-sell out performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, attended by some 720 people.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time will not perform Dec 20 or 21, with a press statement stating, "The National Theatre and Apollo Theatre will advertise details regarding the future status of performances once this is known." Ticket holders for performances Dec. 20 and 21 are being invited to visit the TKTS booth in Leicester Square to choose another show for free on presentation of their tickets of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time.
In a separate statement on the website of Nimax Theatres, it has now been stated that all performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time have now been cancelled up to and including Jan. 4.
Performances at all other West End theatres are unaffected. According to a press statement, "At a meeting today all the major theatre owners have confirmed that their safety inspections and certificates are up to date, and will co-operate fully with the authorities to reassure the public that their theatres are safe. All other London theatres remain open for business today and in the coming weeks."
The Society of London Theatres also commented, "On behalf of London’s theatre industry, our thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone who was injured and affected by last night’s incident at the Apollo Theatre. We would like to praise the emergency services for their calm and rapid response and all the theatre staff on Shaftesbury Avenue for their professional and compassionate handling of the situation. The exact cause of the incident is still being investigated and the theatre owners, Nimax, are working closely with the relevant authorities to establish exactly what happened."
They added, "Our theatres entertain over 32,000 people in central London every night and all theatres take the safety of their audience, performers and staff very seriously. Every theatre undergoes rigorous safety checks and inspections by independent experts, and incidents like last night are extremely rare."
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