Five Just Stop Oil protestors have been arrested after storming a live performance of Les Misérables in London’s West End.
Last night, the climate protestors climbed on the stage during the song Do You Hear the People Sing? wearing t-shirts saying, ‘The show can’t go on’ and waving banners.
The show was halted as the Just Stop Oil members locked themselves to the stage set using bike locks and began singing.
Footage shows some members of the audience booing and telling the protestors to “go home”, while others began clapping and singing along with the protestors.
The audience was then evacuated from the theatre.
Just Stop Oil claimed it targeted the show because of its theme of rebellion against authority.
Protestor Hannah Taylor said Les Misérable starts with the main character stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving child
“How long before we are all forced to steal loaves of bread?” they said in a statement online. “How long before there are riots on the streets?”
Another protestor, 19-year-old Poppy Bliss said she was protesting because she feels “terrified for her future”.
“I want a liveable future for my generation and the generations to come,” she said.
They criticised UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s decision to approve Rosebank, a new oil field in the North Sea.
Rosebank will “produce as much carbon as the annual emissions of the 28 lowest-income countries combined”, according to Just Stop Oil.
This demonstration is the latest is a string of public protests by Just Stop Oil, including slow-walking through London streets during rush hour and throwing orange powder on a pool table during the World Snooker Championships.
The group was also accused of causing criminal damage by a government minister after spraying the Department for Energy and Net Zero with orange paint.
Just Stop Oil is due to stage a multi-day march in London from October 29th.