Around 1,200 people have been evacuated from one of London's most popular West End musicals after a piece of electrical equipment overheated, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.
The cast, who were performing a matinee of Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, are believed to have also been ousted from the theatre along with the audience as a precaution.
Had to evacuate the theatre and the fast of les mis are just wondering round giving people directions 😂 pic.twitter.com/HI5IjqSJXv— Grace Perry (@graceperry_) January 3, 2015
A spokeswoman for LFB said: "There has been no fire but a transformer in part of the threatre has overheated. The auditorium itself has not been affected.
"Two fire engines are on standby to oversee work by the UK Power Network. Around 1,200 persons had already been evacuated as a precaution before the arrival of the crews."
Audience members said on Twitter that they experienced a black out half-way through the show.
Enjoying the matinee of Les Mis; then power went and we were asked to evacuate the theatre immediately!! #lesmis— Richard Young (@TopCornerHR) January 3, 2015
Half way through watching a play and the whole of Shaftesbury avenue decides to have a powercut. Brill 👍👍👍— Grace Perry (@graceperry_) January 3, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
The London production of Les Miserables is the world's longest running musical where it played 7,602 performances at the Palace Theatre before transferring to the Queen's Theatre where it opened in April 2004,
according to the show's website.
This year it will celebrate its 30th anniversary in London.