After a ceiling collapsed at the Piccadilly Theater in London’s West End, at least four theatergoers were injured.
At a Wednesday night performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, about 1,100 people were evacuated from the house.
Witnesses described the audience members’ hearing screams as more and more of the ceiling dropped in disturbing scenes.
Mr George said: “You could hear this faint dripping noise in the[ Grand] circle about 10 minutes into the game and people were looking around, wondering what was going on, but the play was going on.” As the minutes went by, the dripping became more intense and it sounded like more water came across the roof, causing some people to get up and move around.
Pierce, who plays protagonist Willy Loman, told a crowd outside the theater: “I didn’t mean to go like this… we’re so grateful that you came here tonight. Sadly, we’re so sorry that this happened.” In a statement on Twitter, the Westminster Police’s Met’s City said: "Police on stage with LAS & LFB at the Piccadilly Theater in Denman St #Westminster following reports of a ceiling collapse archery.
Once we arrived, about 1,100 people fled the theater.
“The Ambassador Theater Group, which runs the venue, said:” We take our audience’s safety and security extremely seriously and do our utmost to determine the cause of the incident.
“We sincerely want to thank the audience, our staff and emergency services for all their help in the evacuation process.” It’s not the first time a ceiling has collapsed in one of London’s theaters.
About 80 people were injured in 2013, seven seriously, following the collapse of part of the ceiling of the Apollo theater on top.
There were more than 700 people inside the location of Shaftesbury Street, which was 45 minutes into The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time performance of the National Theater when the incident took place.