Gas leak forces closure of West End shows
West End theatres have been forced to cancel shows following an ongoing gas leak on St Martin’s Lane.
The incident, which is being dealt with by the fire brigade and police, is ongoing, and it is unconfirmed whether the theatres will be able to reopen for today’s (April 4) matinee and evening performances.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Premises are being evacuated in St Martin’s Lane, Westminster, as a result of a gas leak. We are not aware of any serious illness or injury.”
The Twitter profile for Quiz released a statement this morning [April 4]: “Due to the ongoing gas leak on St. Martin’s Lane we are still awaiting access to the theatre.
“Please check back for updates on the status of today’s 2.30pm performance, but are doing all we can to make sure it goes ahead!”
Due to the ongoing gas leak on St.Martin’s Lane we are still awaiting access to the theatre. Please check back for updates on the status of today’s 2.30pm performance, but are doing all we can to make sure it goes ahead! Please check back at 11.15 for an update.
— Quiz The Play (@QuizThePlay) April 4, 2018
Last night, ENO posted on Twitter: “We are very sorry to say that due to the gas leak this evening’s performance of #ENOTraviata has been cancelled.
“We appreciate the inconvenience this causes our audience and we thank you for your understanding.”
Both ENO and Delfont Mackintosh, which owns the Novello Theatre, said customers would be able to exchange or refund their tickets.
Graham also apologised to audiences who had come to see Quiz, which is currently in previews, on social media.
Major gas leak in the west end, theatres closing. Sorry for those who came to see QUIZ. Cue the “Closed because it stinks!” headlines… pic.twitter.com/mVriiUbviV
— James Graham (@mrJamesGraham) April 3, 2018
Last week, the first preview of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre was cancelled mid-way through, following a flood in the theatre.
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.