A theatre had to be evacuated when a audience member’s phone overheated and burst into flames.

The Lyric Theatre at the Lowry in Salford had to be emptied and the fire service called during the interval of comedian Jason Manford’s show.

Manford, currently touring across the UK, tweeted a photo of a fire engine outside the venue, saying “on fire tonight”.

The theatre said the show was delayed by 20 minutes.