(UPDATE) London theater ceiling collapses
The ceiling of the Apollo Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London collapsed mid-performance during the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” London police said they are aware of “a number” of casualties after the balcony collapsed. A witness told the BBC that she heard a “strange, crackling noise” before the “the roof just crumpled.” Andrew Howard-Smith, 68, told the BBC that he saw the edge of the balcony come down. “Everybody must have got hold of the brass rail and just pushed it over, and then the edge came off,” he said. “That was the only bit that came off, just the edge. It wasn’t the whole of the balcony, just the front 2 ft.”
Witnesses told the BBC they thought the collapse was part of the show at first until they saw actors run off stage and felt pieces of debris hit them. CNN reports there were about 700 people in the theater and up to 81 people have been injured.
The historic theater opened in 1901 and has four levels.