The Old Vic had to be evacuated mid-performance in London yesterday. Star Wars actor John Boyega and the rest of the Woyzeck cast were interrupted and ushered out of the building.
Audience members who attended the matinee show said they and the cast were unexpectedly herded out of the Old Vic. Police have confirmed that bomb specialists searched the whereabouts and did not find anything dangerous.
Reports say police tape was blocking off the circumference of the theatre. A stone’s throw from the Old Vic is Waterloo Station, one of London’s busiest stops since it services both the tube and trains. In light of recent events, this obviously had the passengers entering and exiting wary and restless.
Shortly after the evacuation a tweet from the Old Vic offices said “We have been evacuated as a precaution; audience safety is our priority. We are liaising with the Met Police. Check here for updates.” and 20 minutes later they sent a second tweet saying “The incident was found not to be suspicious. Thank you for your understanding.”
Representatives from the theatre assured that Jack Thorne’s new version of Georg Buchner’s classic Cold War era play will go ahead as planned after getting advice from Met Police. They also urged the patrons of the interrupted show to contact the sales box office for a prompt refund and or to set another date to come back to experience the show.
Boyega’s Twitter response at the end of the ordeal was, "Thank you #Woyzeck."
In the wake of Monday’s bomb assault at Ariana Grande’s concert plus the two incidents in March and April near the Parliament, London citizens and all of England are under a high terror alert.