Damages settlement moves step closer for theatre victims

Alexandra theatre stage collapse


Victims of Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre stage collapse are hopeful that their two-year battle for damages is almost over, with the expected conclusion of criminal proceedings against both the theatre and production company tomorrow (Friday January 6th.)

Birmingham Magistrates Court is to hear a formal plea from defendants Clear Channel, owners of the Alex Theatre, and Sing a Long Productions, following charges brought by Birmingham City Council.

The accident happened in September 2003 after dozens of people attending a Sound of Music tribute show were invited onto the theatre's stage. A temporary covering gave way and the victims plunged more than 20 feet into the orchestra pit below.

Wendy Nixson, solicitor with law firm, Irwin Mitchell, who is acting on behalf of four of the victims, said: "We are optimistic that criminal proceedings will be satisfactorily concluded tomorrow and that this will lead to a speedy resolution to the civil claims.

"In view of the fact that 100% liability has been admitted, We have already invited the defendants to make a settlement offer to our clients who are most anxious, more than two years on, to draw a line under this traumatic incident and move on with their lives."

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