Structural assessment of theatre expected later today

Westminster City Council is expected to report on a structural assessment of London's Apollo Theatre this afternoon.

Westminster Council's cabinet member for community protection, Nicola Aiken, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "District surveyors have attended and declared that the ceiling structure is sound and only plaster fell.

Police stand outside the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in central London.
Police stand outside the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in central London. Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

"We are waiting for the police to hand over the theatre to us as we are the health and safety authority for historic theatres in Westminster.

"We will be carrying out the investigation as to why the accident happened in the first place, but that will take some time."

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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.