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Andrew Lloyd Webber called for theatre to be demolished

The Apollo Theatre's previous owner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, warned that the building was in a "shocking" state 10 years ago and recommended that it should be demolished. The ceiling collapsed on Thursday night, injuring 79 people, nine seriously.

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Audience member: We felt debris falling on us

Theatre-goer Dee Kearney was watching The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when actors from the show told the audience to "Watch out!"

Then what we felt was debris falling on us, a loud bang, and then all of a sudden there was a coat of dust that came on us.

It was a thick cloud of dust, so you couldn't actually tell what was happening. You knew it was coming from above but you didn't know what was actually happening.

– Audience member Dee Kearney

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