Piccadilly Theatre evacuated after ceiling collapse during show

Brenda Watkins
November 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Police is responding to "reports of a ceiling collapse" at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre, where Death of a Salesman is playing.

In 2013, about 80 people were injured, seven seriously, after part of the Apollo theatre's ceiling collapsed on top of them. The theatre was later evacuated.

Police were called just before 8 p.m. local time to the West End theatre where American actor Wendell Pierce was starring as Willy Loman in a production of the 1949 play. He apologized to theatergoers outside.

London Fire Brigade that they are also on the scene, sharing a picture of the damaged roof on Twitter. The sound got louder after a few minutes before eventually a section of the ceiling crashed in onto the auditorium.

George said: "About 10 minutes into the performance you could hear this slight dripping sound in the [Grand] circle and people were looking around, wondering what was happening, but the play carried on".

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"We're so honoured that you came tonight".

Describing the scene interior, journalist Martin George, 41, who became once sitting within the Immense Circle, mentioned there had been screams coming from the viewers as share of the ceiling got right here crashing down.

'Then, as we stood up, this huge chunk of ceiling, about three to four metres across, crashed down. He says that afterward "everyone got up and streamed down the stairs".

"We are so sorry that unfortunately, this happened".

Theatre attendees reported on social media that water came down from the ceiling, followed by the collapse. I'd procure to thanks all for safely evacuating.

Another witness praised the ushers for the swift evacuation of the building.

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