Princes Street was cordoned off as fire fighters, fire trucks and police arrived. Auckland Now reports significant damage to the theatre.
The New Zealand Herald reports that the theatre’s stage curtains caught fire first and it spread to the roof.
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Press Release – Auckland Theatre Company
A fire broke out this afternoon at the Maidment Theatre. The Auckland Theatre Company has had brief contact with the staff at the theatre. Thankfully, they were all evacuated safely.
The Company is due to open Dean Parker’s Midnight In Moscow starring Robyn Malcolm at the theatre next week.
The company will wait until it is officially briefed tomorrow regarding the situation before it makes a call about the season.
At this point the Company is continuing with business as usual and still expect to run the season as planned.
The Company will release more information at it comes to hand.
Parker’s play opened at Christchurch’s Court Theatre and ran for two performances before the season was cut short by the devastating 2011 February earthquake.