Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fire at the Theatre Modagor : the first of the “Phantom of the Opera” threatened – Franceinfo

The fire, brought under control at about 11: 00, took in a space located under the stage, in which a part of the floor was burned. Elements of decor for the next show, “the Phantom of The Opera”, which normally should be presented from October 13, have also been affected, indicates the direction of the theatre in a press release. This requires “repairs that it is difficult to assess at the present time”, she continued.

“We’ll know probably tomorrow (Monday) if we need to shift the representation,” said to AFP the director of the theatre, Laurent Bentata. “This (Sunday) morning, there were technicians who worked in the theatre”, he added. “We had to begin to repeat this afternoon.” The causes of the fire were not known in the immediate future.

The firefighters, warned shortly after 09: 00, have mobilized significant resources to combat the disaster. “Twenty machines” have been made, as well as the means of recognition, including thermal imaging cameras to identify the point of origin of the fire. A firefighter has been slightly injured in the operation.

Fabien and Cyrielle, a couple whose apartment overlooks the inner courtyard of the theatre, explained to the AFP have heard to 09: 00 several people shouting “Fire, Fire!”. “In 15 minutes, the court was completely smoke filled. The smoke was very dense, we could no longer see anything”, they added.

a Specialist in musicals adapted in French, the theatre Mogador, located in the Ninth arrondissement of Paris, was founded in 1913 and has a capacity of approximately 1,600 seats. “The Phantom of the Opera” should be one of its biggest productions, involving 150 people every evening. Established in 1986, the Broadway production based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, the musical tells the romance of a man with the deformed face, falling in love with a ballerina from the Opera house.


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