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Gas leak forces closure of West End shows

Claudia Boyle in La Traviata at London Coliseum. Photo: Tristram Kenton ENO's performance of La Traviata at the London Coliseum was cancelled on April 3. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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West End theatres have been forced to cancel shows following an ongoing gas leak on St Martin’s Lane.

James Graham’s Quiz at the Noel Coward Theatre and La Traviata at English National Opera were both called off last night (April 3).

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!”

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.

Last week, the first preview of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre was cancelled mid-way through, following a flood in the theatre.

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