Apollo Theatre Collapse Findings ‘Put Maintenance Under Microscope’

Lawyers Welcome Release Of First Answers Into West End Incident


Legal experts representing victims injured in the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse in December last year have warned improvements must be made where possible to the maintenance of such historic buildings, as the first details of the cause of the incident begin to emerge.

Westminster Council has confirmed that while investigations continue into the incident during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, the principal cause had been identified as a “deterioration” of wadding ties which were used to support the ceiling and were thought to have been in place since 1901.

The local authority has confirmed it is now issuing guidance to historical building owners including the National Trust regarding such ceilings and their maintenance.

The Apollo Theatre, which is a Grade II-listed building, is now set to re-open on March 26th following refurbishments.

Irwin Mitchell is acting for a number of victims who are continuing to suffer as a result of the physical and psychological injuries they suffered in the ceiling collapse. The expert lawyers are currently gathering medical evidence as part of ongoing work to secure justice for those involved.

David Urpeth is a Partner at Irwin Mitchell who is leading the team which is acting for the victims.