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Safety checks for all London's historic theatres after Apollo ceiling collapse

Health and safety checks are being carried out today across ‘all historic theatres’ in London, after a ceiling collapsed last night at the Apollo Theatre

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, the move was announced by investigators looking into why part of a ceiling collapsed injuring 80 people at the Grade II-listed West End theatre.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for community protection, councillor Nickie Aiken said ‘as a precaution, all historic theatres are carrying out further safety checks today’.

She added: ‘Our teams have been on site at the Apollo Theatre last night and again this morning and will remain on site until all checks are complete. As the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further on specifics. However, we can say that the Apollo’s health and safety checks are up to date.

‘Each historic theatre is unique and we have no reason to believe this is other than an isolated incident. We have confirmed today with the Society of London Theatre that all theatres’ safety checks are up to date.”

Officials at Westminster City Council called the emergency meeting this morning to give a structural assessment of the Shaftesbury Avenue venue.

A section of the ceiling collapsed onto some members of the audience during a production of the Curious Incident Of The Dog At Midnight, at around 8pm last night.

Ambulances arrived on the scene shortly after the collapse.

A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service confirmed that 79 people had been injured and of these 56 were taken to hospital; nine with serious injuries; and 47 with minor injuries, including head and back injuries.

The London Fire Brigade said more than 50 fire fighters were sent to help yesterday. It currently has one fire engine left on the scene.   

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