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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79 injured after London theatre ceiling collapses

Seventy-nine people were injured after the ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue last night, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said.

Police cordon off the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, central London. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

"By the time the scene had been completely cleared, we had treated 79 patients," the spokesperson said.

Of those patients, nine were seriously injured, they added.

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