The Vaudeville Theatre was evacuated on Saturday night (11 January 2020) just before curtain up on Mischief Theatre’s latest hit show Magic Goes Wrong due to the report of a suspicious package.
Given the nature of the show, many audience members thought the call to evacuate at 7.20 pm was part of the show. The evacuation resulted from the discovery of a suspicious package.
Darren Burn wrote on Twitter. “Just been evacuated from the Vaudeville Theatre with no further information”.
Police closed off sections of The Strand, with theatregoers, the cast of Magic Goes Wrong and nearby restaurant patrons moved to a safe distance whilst the package was investigated.
The package was inspected and the Metropolitan Police later deemed unsuspicious according to the Police report and cordons were lifted.
As a result of the evacuation, the performance of Mischief Theatre’s magic Goes Wrong was cancelled. Staff at the Vaudeville Theatre were praised by theatre-goers for their professionalism in evacuating the theatre and getting all patrons to a safe distance from the theatre. One patron said “Thanks to the theatre front of house staff for getting us out safely”.
Magic Goes Wrong is the latest production in Mischief Theatre’s year-long-residency at the Vaudeville Theatre. With collaborators, Penn and Teller the company has taken “going-wrong” to a whole new level.
Magic Goes Wrong runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 31 May 2020.