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Apollo Theatre Collapse Triggered By Audience Being Asked To Lean Over The Balcony

by | 20th, December 2013

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THERE’S been an incident at London’s Apollo Theatre. The news media goes into overdrive.

The Times says:

Scores of theatre-goers have been injured after part of a balcony collapsed during a performance at the Apollo theatre in London’s West End. Members of the audience reported creaking noises followed by a crash as the balcony fell. People were seen being escorted from the theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue, some of them bleeding and all plastered with dust.

London Ambulance said that about 81 people had been hurt, seven of them seriously.

The London Fire Brigade confirmed shortly afterwards that everybody trapped had been freed.

The balcony fell down at about 8.15pm, halfway through the first half of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The theatre seats 755 and was almost full.

And then some speculation:

The balcony on the third tier is considered the steepest in London, but it is not known whether it was this one that collapsed.

That fact seems to have come from the theatre’s own website :

The Apollo Theatre is built as a three galleried auditorium on four levels. The balcony on the third tier is considered to be the steepest in London, and the theatre has an overall seating capacity of 775. The four levels are split into the Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony, in a design similar to most London theatres.

Then a bit of history:

The Apollo, designed by architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfield, was completed in February 1901 and was the fourth legitimate theatre to be constructed in Shaftesbury Avenue. From the 1970s to the 1990s, the Apollo staged performances featuring actors including John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Wanamaker, Peter O’Toole and Penelope Keith. More recently, it hosted David Suchet in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III starring Mark Rylance.

 

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The Guardian reports:

Seven people seriously hurt after part of Shaftesbury Avenue theatre collapses during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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