There was extra drama at a London theater Saturday as police stopped an afternoon show and ordered the theater evacuated.
Witnesses said Star Wars star John Boyega was on stage when staff in fluorescent jackets entered the theatre about 10 minutes into the play and informed the audience there were “concerns” about something found in the building.
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Police later reported the object found was not a threat.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated, as were those in nearby shops. The area in central London was then cordoned off.
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The Old Vic said in a statement, “We have been evacuated as a precaution; audience safety is our priority. We are liaising with the Met Police.”
Police issued their own statement.
“Police were called at 14.38 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, to The Cut, Waterloo, to a report of a security alert at a theatre. The theatre took the decision to evacuate the building,” the police statement said.
“I knew something was up,” said usher Liam Joseph. “When that (evacuation) happens, it’s either a fire drill or it might be a bomb.”
“The company manager came on while John Boyega was on stage, asked the audience to remain calm and said the show was going to end. Then the duty manager said ‘please evacuate,’” he said.
“John Boyega was just with us walking down the street. It was all done very efficiently with a real sense of calm but your heart’s in your mouth and not many people knew what was going to happen,” he added.
The cordon was lifted after 90 minutes.
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