Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse
20 December 2013
The news of the collapse of the Apollo theatre ceiling has been greeted with shock by the theatre community.
Equity General Secretary Christine Payne said: "Our thoughts are with the injured. It must have been very frightening. We pay tribute to the emergency services for getting both audience and members out of the building safely."
Equity President Malcolm Sinclair added: “The thoughts of Equity members throughout the country are with the people who have been injured, we wish them a speedy recovery. We would like to thank the front of house staff for their help in getting the audience and our members to safety. The emergency services arrived very quickly and demonstrated their usual bravery and professionalism. We hope the investigation is completed as speedily as possible and we will be taking a keen interest in the results.”
The Theatres Trust, which works to secure a sustainable future for theatre buildings, said the first and most important next step is to establish the cause of the accident. Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, said:
“Thankfully occurrences of theatre ceiling and plasterwork collapse are extremely rare. The public should be reassured that theatre owners carry out regular plasterwork inspections and maintenance regimes to ensure the safety of their buildings. Inspections are carried out and certified by independent experts. We will offer every assistance to the Grade II listed Apollo Theatre’s owners, Nimax, the investigation team and Westminster City Council.”
The Theatres Trust’s record for the Apollo Theatre can be found here
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the organisation that represents London theatre producers, owners and managers, has released a statement
It said: "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.
"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."
Read the full statment from SOLT.