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Family of six launch legal action against Apollo Theatre over ceiling collapse
A family of six who were injured in the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse in London last month have launched a legal claim against the West End theatre in which they were injured.
The Edwards family were watching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time on 19 December, 2013 when part of the ceiling fell on the audience.
Seventy six people were injured, seven seriously, when plaster and wooden beams fell from the ceiling of the Nimax Theatre-owned venue on Shaftesbury Avenue, London during the first half of a packed performance.
Gareth Edwards, who was seriously injured in the collapse, was watching the show with his wife and Seattle-based brother and pregnant sister-in-law who were visiting their London-based family. The brothers had brought tickets to the theatre as a Christmas gift for their parents who were also in the audience.
Gareth fractured three vertebrae, broke his shoulder blade and suffered suspected bruising on the brain.
Gareth’s father Chris Edwards, who was sitting a row in front of his son, was left with a cut to the scalp and bruises as a result of the ceiling collapse.
Chris Edwards: “I’m incredibly angry and upset that our family, as well as the other members of the audience, had to go through the trauma of this incident.
“Apart from our physical injuries, there is no doubt there has been a profound psychological impact on all of us as a result of being in the theatre that night.
“We went there expecting to enjoy the show and be safe. Instead we were put into peril and I was unable to protect my family and others from serious injury.
“I refuse to believe the ceiling collapse was solely caused by the weather. There is a larger issue at play here – the state of our ageing West End theatres, which hundreds of thousands of people faithfully support each year and trust in that they will be safe.”
Slater & Gordon lawyer Paul Tapner, who is representing the Edwards family, said: “The Edwards family have been incredibly brave by coming forward and speaking publically about their ordeal.
“The owners of the Apollo Theatre have a responsibility to ensure the safety of its patrons. They have clearly failed the Edwards family and hundreds of others who were caught up in this deeply disturbing incident.
“We would urge anyone with information about the ceiling collapse to contact us on 0808 175 8000
and help us get to the bottom of what happened that night in December.”
For more information contact Samantha Baden firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 657 1682.
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