Apollo Theatre re-opening delayed

Emergency services use a cherry picker to look at the roof of the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury...

Emergency services use a cherry picker to look at the roof of the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue after part of the ceiling collapsed in central London December 19, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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The re-opening of London's Apollo Theatre has been delayed by a further week after a horrifying ceiling collapse at the venue in December.

Nearly 80 audience members were injured, several seriously, when a portion of the Grade II listed building's ceiling collapsed during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

It had been hoped the venue would re-open on Monday, but a spokesman for owners Nimax Theatres has now announced there will be a further delay before performances resume on January 13.

In a statement, company bosses say, "Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have been cancelled until and including Saturday January 11, 2014."

Police ruled out criminal action when initial safety checks were completed two days after the collapse, but Westminster City Council's investigation into the cause of the disaster is still ongoing.
 


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