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Will Apollo collapse harm industry?

December 23rd, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Many people with tickets for shows over the busy holiday period will want to know that they are not at risk of falling victim to a similar offstage drama like the ceiling collapse that happened at the Apollo.

Watch: Witness: Actors on stage said 'watch out'

There are nearly 50 major theaters in the West End of London, of which 26 are at least 90 years old.

The Society of London Theatre, which represents the theater industry in the capital, sought Friday to reassure those alarmed by the events.

Becky speaks to Mark White of London's Theater Safety Committee about safety regulations and whether the incident that the Apollo theater will have a knock on effect.

Witness: Actors on stage said 'watch out'

December 20th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

The hundreds of theatergoers who packed into Central London's historic Apollo Theatre on Thursday night were expecting to watch a mystery.

But about 40 minutes into the play, shortly after 8 p.m., they got a drama instead.

"One of the actors said, 'Watch out!'" said one woman. "We thought it was part of the play."

It wasn't. Instead, it was part of the century-old structure's ornate plaster ceiling, which tumbled five stories onto the theatergoers, injuring scores of them, seven seriously, officials said.

The London Fire Brigade's Kingsland Station Manager Nick Harding said about 720 people were inside when a section of the ceiling collapsed on the theatergoers, taking parts of the balconies with it.

An ambulance official said a total of 76 people had been injured, though many of them were treated at the scene and released.

Eyewitnesses to the ceiling collapse at London's Apollo Theater recount what they experienced.

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