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Apollo Theatre must install ‘protection deck’ under ceiling prior to reopening

The exterior of the Apollo Theatre in the West End
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The Apollo Theatre in the West End is to build a deck beneath the damaged part of its auditorium ceiling so it can reopen, the local council has confirmed.

Once installed, the deck will provide protection from any further falling material and will allow the venue to continue its work on the ceiling, which partially collapsed in December.

Westminster City Council has said it will inspect the structure to ensure it is safe before the theatre can reopen.

Leith Penny, Westminster City Council strategic director of city management, said: “The theatre owners are building a protection deck underneath the damaged ceiling to secure any other falling material and allow them to continue to work on it. When this has been done and we have checked that it is safe, the theatre can consider when to open.”

It was announced today that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which had its performances cancelled at the Apollo until further notice, will now transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from June.

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