Outside, Pierce, the American actor, addressed theatregoers. I would like to thank you all for safely evacuating. We apologise and we are glad no one was hurt, he said.
And I ask you all to come back and see our production. Were so honoured that you came tonight and so sorry that this happened.
Martin George, a journalist who was in the grand circle, said: This huge chunk of ceiling, about three to four metres across, crashed down. There were people screaming and everyone got up and streamed down the stairs.
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