Union Equity is to meet with theatre managers “as a priority” to discuss the safety of its members, following the partial collapse of the ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The union’s assistant general secretary, Matt Hood, said its “members should not be working in unsafe venues”.
“This is not negotiable,” he added, writing on Twitter that the union would “meet with theatre managers as a priority to ensure our members’ welfare”.
Our thoughts are with the audience and staff affected by tonight’s ceiling collapse at the Piccadilly theatre. @EquityUK members should not be working in unsafe venues. This is not negotiable.
The union will meet w theatre managers as a priority to ensure our members’ welfare.
— Matt Hood (@MattHoodEquity) November 7, 2019
The incident happened at the venue on November 6, shortly before 8pm.
Eyewitnesses described hearing dripping, before part of the ceiling in the rear upper circle fell in, leaving theatregoers fleeing for safety.
Meanwhile, BECTU said it would be contacting the theatre and its members who work there about the incident.