A performance of the play “Death of a Salesman” nearly turned into “Death of an Audience” this week, when a ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed during the show, injuring several people.
Part of the ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End came crashing down into the packed auditorium Wednesday night interrupting the performance of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, starring US actor Wendell Pierce about 20 minutes into the show.
Audience members “heard dropped sounds indicating water was coming through the ceiling” before the incident, the theater production company said, according to the BBC.
Four people were hospitalized after three men and two women were treated at the scene by paramedics, according to the news outlet.
London’s Metropolitan Police said that the victims suffered minor injuries.
As part of the ceiling plunged down, screams came from the audience and “everyone got up and streamed down the stairs,” journalist Martin George said.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the theater.
“We are ascertaining the extent of the situation, and will be providing an update on future performances as soon as possible,” the Ambassador Theatre Group said, according to the BBC, adding that Thursday’s showing of the play, which opened Monday, is canceled.
Pierce, who stars in the HBO drama “The Wire” and who plays Willie Loman, the protagonist in “Death of a Salesman,” apologized to audience members for the canceled performance.
“I did not mean for it to go like this,” Pierce told the crowd outside the venue to the sound of laughter. “We’re so honored that you came tonight. We are so sorry that this, unfortunately, this happened.”
With Post wires
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