Payout for man crushed during ‘terrifying’ Roundhouse stage collapse

PUBLISHED: 17:28 25 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 August 2015

Nicholas Mackay-Grant suffered injuries when part of the set at the Rounhouse collapsed

Nicholas Mackay-Grant suffered injuries when part of the set at the Rounhouse collapsed


A man who suffered a “terrifying” ordeal when the set at the Roundhouse theatre collapsed onto him during a performance has received a four-figure payout.

The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. Picture: Polly HancockThe Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. Picture: Polly Hancock

Nicholas Mackay-Grant, 49, was one of a number of people injured during a performance of the acrobatic show Fuerzabruta in January last year, when a spinning sail became detached from its rigging and landed in the audience at the Chalk Farm venue.

Four audience members and one performer were treated for injuries. Investigations revealed the sail became detached from the rigging due to a connection failure.

Mr Mackay-Grant, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, suffered injuries to his left shoulder and back.

He said: “The accident was terrifying and a complete shock to me and everyone else in the audience that night. As soon as the set landed on us I felt excruciating pain in my shoulder. I was left in severe pain for a number of weeks and went through a year of treatment and rehabilitation. The incident had a significant impact on my life and I struggled to do a number of everyday tasks, including household chores, looking after my children and taking them on bike rides, which I used to do regularly.

“The last 18 months have been extremely frustrating for me.”

Mr Mackay-Grant received an out-of-court settlement from the production company’s insurers. He was represented by lawyers Irwin Mitchell, who also represented members of the public injured when the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapsed in December 2013.

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