Power cut in London's West End closes shows

Matilda the Musical
Image caption Theatres said they would offer refunds on tickets for the cancelled performances

A power cut in London's West End has forced some theatres to cancel their shows.

The evening performances of Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre and Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar Warehouse were cancelled, spokespeople said via Twitter.

UK Power Networks said a fault had affected 715 properties in Covent Garden at 16:20 GMT.

By 21:40 GMT, electricity was restored to all customers.

Dance classes cancelled

Covent Garden Tube station was also affected.

The outage meant the lifts stopped working, so the station had to be shut until about 20:45 GMT.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks, which runs the local grid, said engineers worked quickly to restore power, and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

A spokesperson for Donmar Warehouse said via Twitter: "We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment and would like to thank our audiences for their understanding."

Both theatres said ticket-holders would be refunded.

All classes at Pineapple Dance in Langley Street had to be cancelled from 18:00 GMT when the studios went dark.

A Thames Water spokesman said the electricity failure was unconnected to work to repair a broken water main in Regent Street.

Two years ago a power cut in Soho left some businesses without power for more than 10 hours.

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