Some 85 people are injured, at least four seriously, after part of a roof in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police have said, the BBC reports.
The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time.
An eyewitness heard “a crackling” noise before the collapse at about 20:15 GMT. Theatre-goers left covered in debris.
London Ambulance said there were 81 walking wounded and that all those who were trapped earlier had been freed.
Some 25 ambulance crews and an air ambulance were at the scene, it said.
London Fire Brigade said eight fire engines and more than 50 fire fighters were there, and police are also attending the incident in London’s busy West End theatre district.
The ornate plasterwork ceiling collapsed and brought part of the lighting rig down, it added.