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Strictly Ballroom first West End preview cancelled mid show due to burst pipe

The show is based on Baz Luhrmann’s musical film of the same name

Piccadilly Theatre with fire service outside during the first preview.
Piccadilly Theatre with fire service outside during the first preview.
© Peter Dunbar
A pipe burst midway through the first preview of Strictly Ballroom at Piccadilly Theatre, forcing the performance to end early.

The theatre manager announced inside the auditorium to audience members after a forced interval: "A pipe has burst onto the stage and flooded the electrics causing tonight's performance to be cancelled."

The show then clarified in a statement: "Unfortunately at the first preview of Strictly Ballroom tonight, there was a burst water main pipe backstage at the Piccadilly Theatre, which meant it was unsafe for the show to continue."

Performer Will Young later tweeted a video of director and choreographer Drew McOnie running around with buckets during the cleanup backstage.

Directed and choreographed by McOnie (In the Heights, Bugsy Malone, On the Town), the production stars Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) as Fran, Jonny Labey (In the Heights) as Scott and Young (Cabaret) as the band leader. McOnie's production opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016 and now opens in the West End.

Patrons have been asked to contact their point of sale for information and check with the Piccadilly Theatre for updates on future performances.

— Will Young (@willyoung) March 29, 2018

— Zizi (@ZiziStrallen) March 29, 2018

— Anna Francolini (@annafrancolini) March 29, 2018

— Heather Wallace (@burntcopper) March 29, 2018

— Ro (@f1roro) March 29, 2018

— elaine yeung (@elainey_twit) March 29, 2018

— Anna A. (@theavocadocat) March 29, 2018

— Lee Malcolmson (@leemalcolmson) March 29, 2018

Strictly Ballroom runs at the Piccadilly Theatre on 24 April with previews from now.