Apollo owner: 'Theatre suffered years of neglect'

The owner of the Apollo Theatre, where a ceiling collapsed on to the audience, claimed last year that the venue had "suffered years of benign neglect".

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Ceiling is 'sound' say surveyors

Surveyors say the ceiling is 'sound' Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Surveyors have said the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre is "sound" after 80 people were injured, seven of them seriously, when sections of it collapsed on the audience during a packed show.

Around 10 square metres of plaster from the Grade II-listed West End theatre plummeted on to the stalls below, dragging a section of the balcony with it, striking members of the audience and filling the theatre with clouds of thick dust.

More than 700 people were inside the Apollo - which was 45 minutes into the National Theatre's performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time.

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