Ambassador Theatre Group – which owns the Piccadilly Theatre – has confirmed a section of plasterboard fell from the upper rear circle during a performance of Death of a Salesman, injuring five people.
The incident happened at the venue just before 8pm on November 6. The theatre was evacuated.
In a statement, ATG said: “We are sorry to confirm that at 8pm this evening during a performance at the Piccadilly Theatre a section of plasterboard fell from the rear upper circle. The performance was immediately stopped and the theatre safely evacuated. Five members of the audience sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.”
The theatre company said a further statement would be made today (November 7) about future performances of Death of a Salesman.
It added: “ATG takes the safety and security of our audiences extremely seriously and we are doing everything possible to ascertain the cause of the incident. We would like to sincerely thank the audience, our staff, and emergency services for all of their assistance in the evacuation process.”
Following the incident, The Stage spoke to eyewitnesses in the theatre, who described the “terrifying” moment the ceiling fell in.