Apollo Theatre Roof Collapse
News article published on: 18th June 2014
On 19th December 2013 the roof of the Apollo Theatre collapsed, injuring approximately 80 theatre-goers, some of whom have sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The theatre was showing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time when parts of the plaster from the ceiling fell onto the audience in the stalls, possibly caused when rainwater from the downpour outside leaked through the roof of the Grade II listed building.
The Apollo Theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES, has a maximum capacity audience of 775 people, and was opened in 1901.
Contrary to popular belief owners of historic buildings do not owe a duty to guarantee the absolute safety of occupants, but they are required to take steps to ensure people are “reasonably safe from harm”. Whether or not adequate steps were taken in this instance to inspect, maintain and repair the roof of the Apollo is currently the subject of an urgent investigation.
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