76 injured as London theatre's ceiling collapses

Dec 20, 2013, 09:56 IST | IANS

As many as 76 people wee injured, seven of the seriously, after part of a ceiling in London's Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police said.

The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in the Night-Time, BBC reported.

An injured woman is taken towards a waiting ambulance on a stretcher following a ceiling collapse at a theatre in Central London onDecember 19, 2013. Pic: AFP 

Eyewitnesses heard "a crackling" noise before the collapse at about 20:15 GMT. Theatre-goers left covered in debris.

The Apollo's owner described it as a "shocking and upsetting" incident and an investigation was underway.

A total of 51 people were taken to hospital but there were no life-threatening injuries.

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