December 20, 2013
The Society of London Theatre has made a statement regarding the collapse of the roof at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time cancelled up to and including 11 January 2014
Apollo Theatre owners Nimax Theatres: “Shocking and upsetting incident”
The London theatre industry’s official trade body, The Society of London Theatre, has responded to last night’s dramatic roof collapse at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbry Avenue. In a statement SOLT said:
“On behalf of London’s theatre industry, our thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone who was injured and affected by last night’s incident at the Apollo Theatre.
“We would like to praise the emergency services for their calm and rapid response and all the theatre staff on Shaftesbury Avenue for their professional and compassionate handling of the situation.
“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.
“Our theatres entertain over 32,000 people in central London every night and all theatres take the safety of their audience, performers and staff very seriously. Every theatre undergoes rigorous safety checks and inspections by independent experts, and incidents like last night are extremely rare.
“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.”
Part of the ceiling of the theatre collapsed last night, Thursday 19 December 2013, during a performance of the National Theatre’s hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 76 people were injured, seven of them seriously, by the roof collapse, which also brought down part of a balcony of the theatre with debris falling into the upper circle, dress circle and stalls of the theatre.
Performances up to and including Saturday 11 January 2014 have been cancelled. Customers should contact their point of purchase to arrange exchanges or refunds. Westendtheatre.com / Encore Tickets customers who have booked tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time please see this information here.
Nick Harding, Kingsland Fire Station manager said: “We believe around 720 people were in the theatre at the time. A section of the theatre’s ceiling collapsed onto the audience who were watching the show. The ceiling took parts of the balconies down with it. In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas. My thoughts go out to all those affected.”
The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue was built in 1901 and has a capacity of around 756 seats. The theatre was bought by the Nimax Theatres group, led by Nica Burns, in 2005. They also own the Duchess, Palace, Vaudeville, Lyric and Garrick Theatres.
Theatres Trust statement
The Theatres Trust, which oversees the preservation of theatres including West End Theatres, released a statement today, which said:
“The Theatres Trust is very concerned about the collapse of the ceiling and decorative plasterwork at the Apollo Theatre on the 19 December during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
“Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres said, the first and most important next step is to establish the cause of the accident. 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.”
Nimax Theatres statement
A statement from Apollo Theatre owner Nimax Theatres on their website says:
“This is a shocking and upsetting incident. 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. Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have been cancelled until and including Saturday 04 January 2014. If you have tickets for these performances please contact your original point of purchase.”
February 16, 2013
What’s playing and coming up at the Apollo Theatre.
January 30, 2013
Following the global success of War Horse, the National Theatre is hoping that they can replicate the success with another Marianne Elliott-helmed production – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
And if the reviews from its short run at the National are anything to go by, it should be another winner.
The press was superlative for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which is a new adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s popular novel. The Independent called it “a profoundly moving play” and heralded Luke Treadaway’s performance in the lead role as Christopher as a “remarkable performance”. The Telegraph said that, “it resonates with quality, and will undoubtedly be another hit for the ever-bold National Theatre.”
The show transfers to the Apollo Theatre in London from 1 March, and is initially booking until 25 May 2013.
Alongside Luke Treadaway (who performs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays) as Christopher Boone, the fifteen year old maths genius with behavioural problems, is Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Sophie Duval, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, Nick Sidi and Howard Ward, all of whom were also in the original cast.
September 27, 2012
Save £25 on tickets to see Idina Menzel at the Apollo Theatre in London.
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Idina Menzel is back in London for a rare series of concerts at the Apollo Theatre in London.
The Tony Award-winning star of Wicked and regular guest-star in Glee is returning to the UK following a series of acclaimed US concerts.
Backed by a 25-piece orchestra she will sing songs from both her musical theatre and pop career – and some exciting new material.
Idina is best known for originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. No stranger to London, she also played the role in the original West End cast.
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June 9, 2012
Save £21.50 on tickets to see the acclaimed production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre starring David Suchet.
Westendtheatre.com presents a special offer to see one of British theatre’s finest actors give the performance of a lifetime as David Suchet stars in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Acclaimed director Anthony Page’s new production follows the Irish-American Tyrone family over a single summer day as their delicate relationships begin to crack. The play also stars Golden Globe nominee Laurie Metcalf, most famous for her role as Jackie in Roseanne.
April 29, 2012
TV’s Poirot returns to the West End stage in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
David Suchet is back in the West End – and at the Apollo Theatre – to play James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s powerful drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Acting alongside Laurie Metcalf, the production is directed by Anthony Page.
Set in 1912, the play is a riveting view of the life of James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone (Laurie Metcalf) and their sons, Jamie (Trevor White) and Edmund (Kyle Soller) during one fateful summer’s day.
David Suchet last appeared in the West End in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, alongside Zoe Wanamaker.
March 25, 2012
Mark Rylance stars as Olivia in this all-male production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Tim Carroll and also featuring Stephen Fry as Malvolio.
March 25, 2012
Olivier and Tony-award winning Mark Rylance stars as Richard III in this new Shakespeare’s Globe production, featuring an all-male cast directed by Tim Carroll.
February 12, 2012
Acclaimed actor David Haig puts in a terrific performance as King George III in the West End premiere of Alan Bennett’s smash-hit comedy The Madness Of George III.
Originally premiering at the National Theatre in 1991, the play went on to become an international theatre sensation and was made into an award-winning film. This brand new production wowed the critics when it opened at the Theatre Royal Bath in August 2011 and now transfers to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited season.
This epic production features a stellar cast alongside David Haig including Clive Francis, Beatie Edney and Madhav Sharma.
November 9, 2011
David Haig gives the performance of his life as King George III in the West End premiere of Alan Bennett’s smash-hit comedy The Madness Of George III.