The historic Apollo Theatre in London. A balcony collapsed in the middle of a performance on Thursday, injuring around 65 people. PHOTO: Andy Roberts, CC License
A collapse inside London’s historic Apollo Theatre in the middle of a performance, injuring around 65 people, 5 of them seriously, according to NBC News. The collapse came during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Two people were trapped under the collapsed balcony. A bus was commandeered to take the injured to a hospital.
History of the Apollo Theatre
The Apollo Theatre was built in 1901. It was constructed from London brick to match the neighboring homes, but over time the Apollo Theatre has become one of London’s standout landmarks. The Apollo is one of several theaters on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, informally referred to as London’s “Theatreland.”
The Apollo was originally intended mostly for musical theater, but its range has broadened over time with the tastes of its audience. The current production is adapted from a bestseller about an autistic boy attempting to solve a local mystery.
The theatre has changed hands a number of times. It was purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Bridgeport Capital in 2000, but then sold it to Nimax Theaters 5 years later. Nimax currently owns the Apollo, and the collapse may now have them regretting their purchase.