According to reports, members of the public were evacuated from the theatre in Covent Garden this evening. The Met Police have arrived at the scene and have closed the road outside of the central London theatre. In footage on social media, members of the public can be seen being pushed behind a cordon as Met Police vehicles descend on the scene.
Darren Burn wrote on Twitter: “Just been evacuated from the Vaudeville theatre with no further information.”
Another person wrote: “Just got evacuated from Vaudeville Theatre, lots of police here. Quite scary.
“We literally all sat there thinking it was part of the show.”
Some have reported sniffer dogs are now at the scene.
As it stands, it has not been established if the package was dangerous or not.
Theatre-goers were told to leave the shortly before the show Magic Goes Wrong was due to start.
The show was scheduled to begin at 7.30pm.
In a statement from the Met Police, they said: “Police were called at approximately 19:20hrs on Saturday, 11 January to reports of a suspicious item in commercial premises on The Strand.
“Officers are in attendance. The building has been evacuated as a precaution and road closures are in place.”
Another theatre-goer wrote: “Night out at the theatre to see Magic that goes wrong and bang on 7.30 we get evacuated.
“Everyone thought it was part of the show.
“Thanks to the theatre front of house for getting us out safely.”
More to follow…