Backstage and front-of-house staff from the Piccadilly Theatre will continue to be paid by Ambassador Theatre Group while the venue remains closed, union BECTU has revealed.
It has also emerged that ATG has offered counselling to all its staff, paid for by the company.
In a statement issued following the partial collapse of the ceiling at the venue on November 6, which has seen future performances of Death of a Salesman cancelled until further notice, the union said ATG had agreed “to continue to pay them while alternative work locations are sought”.
Assistant national secretary Helen Ryan said: “BECTU is relieved that no one was seriously hurt and praises the professionalism of staff and our members in how this incident was dealt with and the building safely evacuated. We welcome ATG’s offer of support to workers at this time and the agreement to continue to pay them while alternative work locations are sought.”
She added: “We are however planning to work with our sister unions to arrange a joint meeting with Ambassador Theatre Group to ensure theatre safety is paramount for workers and audiences. Well maintained theatres are extremely important in attracting visitors to London and to the UK economy. ”
Following the incident, eyewitnesses have revealed how they fled the venue after the ceiling collapsed about 20 minutes into the evening show on November 6.
Equity has since responded and said it was seeking an urgent meeting with theatre managers to ensure the welfare of its members.