Death of a Salesman will stage a series of scratch performances at the Young Vic this week, following the partial ceiling collapse at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The production will return to the Young Vic, where it first ran earlier this year, for three shows. These will take place tomorrow evening (November 8), and a matinee and evening performance on November 9.
Tonight’s show has been cancelled, and producers confirmed that the rest of the week’s performances at the Piccadilly Theatre would not be going ahead.
It is not yet known when performances will resume in the West End, and union BECTU has said that the Piccadilly’s owner, Ambassador Theatre Group, had agreed to pay backstage and front-of-house staff “while alternative work locations are sought”.
Five people were injured when plasterboard in the ceiling of the rear upper circle collapsed shortly after the start of last night’s show.
Wendell Pierce, who stars as Willy Loman in the production, said: “First, I hope those injured last night in the incident are recovered and healing. Their wellbeing is the most important thing.
“I am also so grateful that the Death of a Salesman company is able to continue performances of Arthur Miller’s great play. The nightly audience response has been overwhelming, and I would like to thank the Young Vic for enabling us to continue on this special journey. In the time-honoured tradition of the theatre, the show must go on.”
A statement from producers Elliott and Harper and the Young Vic said ticket holders for the cancelled performances will be contacted to make arrangements about the Young Vic shows.
Following last night’s events, Westminster City Council has launched an urgent investigation and is working with the emergency services involved in last night’s events.