Theatre owners have until 1 September 2016 to ensure any suspended ceilings have been inspected.
Following the collpase of a suspended ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in 2013, all theatre owners with suspended plaster ceilings are required to have them inspected for integrity. The collapse happened during a busy evening performance resulting in approximately 700 people being evacuated; 76 were injured, seven seriously.
Any theatre owner who has not yet had their ceiling inspected should contact their local authority for advice. They must ensure that the ceiling is safe for audiences to sit beneath. The hazards of ceilings of this nature are not purely restricted to theatres. Anyone in control of a building with this type of construction should read the following guidance for further information: http://www.abtt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ABTT-Guidance-Note-20-19May2015.pdf.