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Victorian ceiling wadding to blame for Apollo roof collapse

Engineers have discovered that the fall of the roof of the Apollo Theatre - which is due to open later this week - was caused by the deterioration of Victorian wadding ties which supported the ceiling.

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Theatres take safety very seriously

Following notification from Westminster City Council that the failure of historic hessian wadding ties might be implicated in the collapse of the ceiling at the Apollo, theatres and other historic buildings have acted accordingly says the Society of London Theatre.

Theatre owners in the West End take the safety of all theatregoers and staff extremely seriously, and acted quickly to recheck all their buildings, and continue to absorb all the guidance arising out of the investigation. Discussions also continue between SOLT, English Heritage, the Association of British Theatre Technicians and Westminster’s Health & Safety Executive on the issues raised. All theatres have up to date certificates in line with the licensing requirements.

– Society of London Theatre

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