The theatre year ended on a strange low last year, with the shocking, unprecedented news that large parts of the ceiling at the NIMAX owned Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue had collapsed during a performance of the hit show ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ on December 19, injuring over 80 people.
An investigation into what exactly happened and why is still underway, but the damage is such that the National Theatre’s production of ‘Curious Incident’ has had to find another West End home.
NT Executive Director Nick Starr explained: ‘Sadly the closure of the [Apollo Theatre] gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there.’
This means the Apollo Theatre run for ‘Curious Incident’ has now been cancelled completely and the show will transfer to the Delfont Mackintosh-owned Gielgud Theatre from June 24, after the run of ‘Blithe Spirit’.
If you had tickets booked for a performance at the Apollo, you will be contacted and offered a full refund, or a chance to transfer your booking to the Gielgud Theatre.
No news on exactly how long the Apollo Theatre might be dark has been released yet, with the report on the incident from Westminster Council due at the end of the month. But the council has said the theatre would only be opened once experts were satisfied it was safe.
Information will be updated regularly here. Tickets for the Gielgud Theatre run go on sale from Jan 17.