The Metropolitan Police is responding to “reports of a ceiling collapse” at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre, where Death of a Salesman is playing.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the police said officers were called to the Piccadilly at 7:59pm this evening (November 6). Death of a Salesman, which stars Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, began its performance at 7:30pm.
The statement continued: “Everyone is out of the theatre. A few people have suffered minor injuries.”
It is the first major incident at a West End theatre since a partial ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre in 2013.
ATG, which owns the theatre, has since issued a statement on the issue, revealing “a section of plasterboard fell from the rear upper circle” and five members of the audience suffered minor injuries.
“The performance was immediately stopped and the theatre safely evacuated. Five members of the audience sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals. ATG take the safety and security of our audiences extremely seriously and we are doing everything possible to ascertain the cause of the incident,” the statement said.
It added that a further statement would be made regarding performances of Death of a Salesman, but said: “We would like to sincerely thank the audience, our staff, and emergency services for all of their assistance in the evacuation process.”