Norwich Theatre Royal evacuated

Norwich Theatre Royal evacuation

Norwich Theatre Royal evacuation - Credit: Archant

The chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal apologised to audience members at a performance of Guys and Dolls after smoke forced an evacuation of the building.

Norwich Theatre Royal evacuation

Norwich Theatre Royal evacuation - Credit: Archant

Peter Wilson said he was sorry for last night's incident, which forced hundreds of audience members and the cast of the show to leave the theatre for 20 minutes.

Smoke used on stage during one of the songs set off the alarm. Archant journalist Ed Colman, who was there, said: 'The lights came on and everyone was asked to evacuate.'

Another audience member said that after they were let back inside, Mr Wilson informed them it had been a false alarm.

She said: 'They said smoke that was used on stage went up through a passage and set the alarm off.'


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Theatre spokesman, John Bultitude, said: 'We would like to thank all members of the audience for their co-operation and patience during the evacuation of the building during this evening's performance of Guys and Dolls.

'One of the fire alarms was triggered during the course of the show and, as a precaution, we carried out a full evacuation.

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'Fortunately, it was a false alarm. Following a full check of the theatre, everyone was able to re-enter and the performance resumed after around 20 minutes.'

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