As it happened: Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse

Key points

  • More than 80 people have been injured - seven seriously - after part of the roof at London's Apollo Theatre collapsed.
  • The incident happened during a performance of the play The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-time.
  • Eye-witnesses reported hearing a "cracking" noise before the collapse at about 20:15 GMT.
  • London Ambulance say around 81 people are walking wounded and all those who were trapped had been freed.

Live text


  • Debabani Majumdar 
  • Rob Corp 

Last updated 19 December 2013


Welcome to our special coverage of the collapse of a part of the roof at the Apollo Theatre in London's Shaftesbury Avenue.

We will be bringing you the latest updates on the incident.


Eyewitness Amy Lecoz, who was at the theatre with her two children, aged 16 and 19, said: "The entire dome roof fell down on the audience just in front of us.

"We were protected by the balcony above and we ran. People started screaming.

Emergency services at Apollo Theatre

TWEET Via Twitter

London Fire Brigade

tweets: It's thought there were around 700 people in the theatre on #Shaftesbury Avenue in #Soho. It's thought between 20-40 people were injured.

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Metropolitan Police

tweets: Five people seriously injured. They have been taken to central London hospitals. Not aware of any fatalities at this early stage.


Neil Mickel, the stage manager of the Apollo theatre, tells the BBC as far as he knows none of the cast were injured when the ceiling collapsed.


Emergency services at Apollo Theatre

The Met Police says it believes there are more than 40 walking wounded who are being treated at the nearby Gielgud Theatre.

London buses were being used to transport wounded to hospital, it added.


Jess Bowie, content editor of The House political magazine, tweeted: "Was just seeing 'The Curious Incident' in the West End when the roof of the Apollo Theatre caved in.

"Absolutely petrifying. Don't know if anyone is trapped in there but people outside are covered in dust and some in blood. Utterly horrible."


The Apollo Theatre is owned and operated by Nimax Theatres and has 775 seats over four levels.

The auditorium is split over four levels - there are 480 seats in the stalls and dress circle level. The stage measures 9.2m x 8.8m.


The theatre is named after the Greek god of the arts and leader of the muses.

The Apollo Theatre first opened its doors in February 1901.