A partial ceiling collapse at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Wednesday evening halted a performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, causing a few minor injuries and forcing the audience to leave.
Pictures shared online showed a large hole in the ceiling with wires hanging down.More news: Netflix will stop working on some older Samsung TVs next month
The production features Hollywood actor Wendell Pierce and one witness, Tracy De Groose, said the star came out to check everyone was okay. "We are so sorry that this happened", he said.
"About 10 minutes into the performance you could hear this slight dripping sound in the Grand circle and people were looking around, wondering what was happening, but the play carried on". He said that afterward "everyone got up and streamed down the stairs". More than 1,000 people evacuated the venue, the BBC reported.
The venue in Denman Street was packed for a performance of Death of a Salesman. "We would like to sincerely thank the audiences, our staff, and emergency services for all of their assistance in the evacuation". A few minor injuries.More news: Oil price leaps to $62.54 amid new OPEC report
London Fire Brigade said in a tweet: "Firefighters are attending the Piccadilly Theatre where a section of plaster has fallen from the ceiling during a performance".
A video shared on social media shows the U.S. actor outside the theatre asking the crowd to come back and see the play another time.
Police added that road closures have been put in place and advised motorists to use alternative routes. Ushers evacuated the building and performers from the production ensured that everyone was okay.More news: Gov. Signs Law Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age in NY