Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Just Stop Oil activists charged after disrupting Les Miserables performance

Five Just Stop Oil protesters have been charged with aggravated trespassing after they disrupted a performance of Les Miserables in London’s West End on Wednesday evening.

The performance at the Sondheim Theatre was brought to a halt at around 9pm on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

The five people charged are Hannah Taylor, 23, Lydia Gribbin, 28, Hanan Ameur, 22, Noah Crane, 18, and Poppy Bliss, 19.

They have been released on bail and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 3.

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During a performance of the song One Day More, which involves waving a red flag, the protesters stormed the stage and unfurled their own Just Stop Oil flag instead, to widespread boos from the crowd.

The activists then chained themselves to the stage with bicycle locks, prompting the performance to be halted for around 20 minutes as the cast were forced backstage and the audience were ushered outside.

Police said they are keen to hear from audience members who may have travelled from outside London to see the show.

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