A THEATRE in the centre of Birmingham was evacuated after reports of an explosion in the “staff only” section.

Emergency services descended on Birmingham Repertory Theatre last night following the incident, which was caused by a “technical fault”.

No casualties were reported and theatre-goers were looked after at another venue.

Roads surrounding the theatre were also temporarily closed.

West Midlands Police tweeted: “All emergency services are currently at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion.

“Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported. Everyone has been evacuated and are being kept safe.”

Birmingham Rep confirmed on Twitter that the incident was a technical fault and said the evacuation was a “precautionary measure”.