Firefighters stopped a fire from cancelling the show War Horse at New London Theatre on Drury Lane last night.
The fire was in the ventilation system of a restaurant that is in the same building as the theatre. Smoke from the fire entered the theatre and around 100 people were evacuated.
Station Manager Steve Norman said:
“There was heavy smoke in parts of the theatre and there was a chance that if we didn’t get the fire under control quickly the performance wouldn’t go ahead. Firefighters worked extremely quickly under intense pressure and the fire was out in little over an hour.
“Thankfully no one was injured. We believe the fire was caused by a build up of cooking fats in the restaurant’s extraction unit.”
The Brigade was called at 1740 and the fire was under control by 1905. Ten firefighters from Soho fire station were at the scene.