Casualties feared as a part of a roof in the Apollo Theatre in central London has collapsed during a performance.
The theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of the Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-time.
An eyewitness told BBC she heard “a crackling” noise before the collapse at about 20:15 GMT. Another eyewitness said the “entire dome roof” fell on audience members seated in the stalls.
The Metropolitan Police said they were “aware of a number of casualties”.
London Fire Brigade eight fire engines were attending.
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A 29-year-old audience member, who only gave his name as Ben, said: “It was about halfway through the first half of the show and there was a lot of creaking.
“We thought it was part of the scene, it was a seaside scene, but then there was a lot of crashing noise and part of the roof caved in.
“There was dust everywhere, everybody’s covered in dust. We got out fairly quickly, I think everyone was quite panicked.” – BBC
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