Les Miserables’ West End home upgrades security to protect against ‘blasts and ballast attacks’

The Queen’s Theatre is home to Les Miserables. Photo: SOLT
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West End venue the Queen’s Theatre is to bolster its protection against a potential “blast and ballast attack”, after a review found its current front doors provide “an insufficient level of security”.

The theatre, home to Les Miserables, had a door security assessment undertaken in August 2016. According to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, which owns the venue, this highlighted an “inadequate level of security system on the existing main entrance doors”.

Delfont Mackintosh said the existing frontage of its foyer was “in disrepair and providing an insufficient level of security”.

It has now applied to replace the front doors with new “double doorstep and full-height fixed glazing”.

It said the glass would be reinforced to “mitigate manual attack/ballast attack and blast”.

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres operation director William Differ said the venue’s front doors had a “unique design”, which had made the current doors difficult to maintain and secure overnight.

He added that security advisers, working on the latest upgrade to all DMT security systems, had recommended further measure to give the glass doors and locking methods a “higher level of protection going forward”.

“This is an ongoing process, as we regularly evaluate the latest security threats and advice as to what we can do to counter them for the sake of public and staff alike,” he told The Stage.

The theatre company’s application has been backed by the Theatres Trust, which said that it expects theatre owners and operators “to meet current building and safety standards and the expectations of audiences, staff and performers”.

Planning permission has been granted by Westminster City Council.