Probe launched into tragic ceiling collapse at London’s Apollo Theatre

Investigators have launched a probe into the cause of a tragic ceiling collapse at Apollo Theater during a show on Shaftesbury Avenue, after which around 80 individuals reported to be injured.

Of the injured people, seven were hurt badly, when the ceiling caved in at London’s theatre during the first act of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Westminster City Council has said structural engineers and the district surveyor conducted an initial assessment of the roof overnight and declared it stable.

The council has ordered to inspect all the roofs of London’s historic theatres, which are assessed once every three years. The Society of London Theatre has told that the Apollo was examined in September.

A council spokesperson has said after the incident: “We will not know the cause of the incident until the investigation is completed, but we are working with the health and safety executive today.”

Almost 700 individuals were inside the hall when people heard “creaking” from the ceiling before masonry and plasterwork from the Grade II-listed theatre fell onto the stalls, hitting members of the audience and creating a thick cloud of dust and chaos afterwards.

A spokesman for Nimax Theatres, owner of the Apollo has said: “Our thoughts are with the audience and staff who were in the theatre and their families.

“We’re very grateful to the emergency services for their tremendous work and to our staff who helped with the evacuation.

“We will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities to establish exactly what happened.”

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