A performance of Les Misérables at Wales Millennium Centre was interrupted after part of the scenery was accidentally set on fire.
According to eye-witness accounts on social media, one of the barricades was set alight as a cast member climbed over it holding a flaming torch.
The show on December 16 was paused for eight minutes while staff dealt with the incident, a spokeswoman for the venue said.
Audience member Helena Williams posted on Twitter: “Well that was exciting. My first ever Les Misérables and Javert climbs over the barricade with a flaming torch and sets fire to it. Not part of the show.
“Cue fire extinguisher, rapid exit of corpses and lowering of safety curtain.”
— Sionz (@x_Sionz_x) December 16, 2019
Twitter user Sionz said: “Was so engrossed in Les Misérables tonight, I thought the fire was part of the show… until all the dead bodies started running off set! Superb performance.”
Another audience member, John Watson, added: “Very enjoyable like you so engrossed I didn’t notice the fire till they came out with the extinguisher. Loved the way [Gavroche] just lay there when the rest had fled.”
Very enjoyable like you so engrossed I didn’t notice the fire till they came out with the extinguisher. Loved the way Gaveroche (spelling) just lay there when the rest had fled.
— John Watson (@JohnW102) December 16, 2019
A statement from Wales Millennium Centre confirmed the show was stopped due to a “small contained incident on stage”.
It added: “We stopped the show in order to follow our normal safety procedures and the show was resumed a few minutes later.”