Family to sue for Apollo Theatre collapse injuries

A family is suing the owners of the Apollo Theatre for injuries and trauma sustained when the ceiling collapsed in December.

The Edwards family were watching The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time when part of the theatre’s ceiling caved in.

Large chunks of debris fell on the audience and 76 people were injured during the first half of the play.

Gareth Edwards, his wife Claudia, brother Alastair and sister-in-law Kelsey had bought the tickets as a Christmas present for parents Chris and Linda.

Edwards, an account manager from Tufnell Park, suffered three fractured vertebrae, broke his shoulderblade and suffered suspected bruising on the brain, according to the Evening Standard.

Other members of the family suffered minor injuries.

Chris Edwards said: “I refuse to believe the collapse was solely caused by the weather. There is a larger issue at play — the state of our ageing West End theatres, which hundreds of thousands of people support each year and trust will be safe.”

Zurich, the theatre’s insurance company, said it was already processing a number of claims.

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